Final Project

Final Project – Description

Due Friday, March 20 5:00pm; upload to GS and e-portfolio

You have spent this quarter engaging in an expansive range of materials, discussion, writing exercises, and reflections. You are now in the position to draw on this range of knowledgeyou have been building each week and across the course’s larger assignments.

Your final project will be primarily a writing-based activity that allows you to develop and extends models you have been exposed to throughout the course.

These models have included:

•exploration of key concepts through creative platforms

•edited media text & production of mediated voices in video form

•mini-ethnography

•listening journal with critical responses

•blog post

•vlog post

•newspaper article

•academic article

•general interest essay, with first-person observations and critical analysis

Your final project encourages you to select a model from the list above that best suits your interests and aims you wish to accomplish in this final project.  This is an opportunity to return to something you found effective (as a writing approach, a forum for ideas, a way to present critical thinking), but to expand and develop this model to suit the culmination of your work in the final project. We are open to a number of creative outcomes

You may choose to return to something creative, or that involves non-writing activities (recording, interviewing, performing, videoing, etc.), but part of the aims of your work will be to accompany any non-writing representation of the project, or any very short, informal writing (like a blog/vlog) with a critical writing piecethat describes, discusses, and critically applies concepts, readings, and larger themes from this course to your individual project.  We are also open to hearing you propose something that is not necessarily from the list of models above, but is resonant with the activities and goals of this course.

One expectation will be to have you include at least one new sourcein addition to those from the class as something that added to or helped shape your ideas.  This can include relevant materials from your own discipline or other classes you’ve taken.

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Step 1

In this first phase you’ll want to brainstorm things about this course that have mattered to you the most.  You could approach this by taking stock of major ideas, concepts, or unit themes that were important to you.  You could instead start from activities and assignments you did that you found most fulfilling.

But, your goal will be:

  1. to select a model for your project (using the list above, or designing your own in consultation with your instructor — this is possible even in light of recent campus activities, so don’t feel limited in your choices.)
  2. to use that model or platform of creating/writing to further explore and deepen your knowledge of a concept, theme, or idea from this class.
  3. select a case study or example of voice(s) you will use as a focus for your writing model and analysis you will to expand in this project.

*Please note: we encourage you to select something different from voices you’ve already written about or explored in other short/long assignments.  They can be similar, but the point is to expand your knowledge and experience in this final project.

Step 2

After you have a general sense of model and ideas, you are to emailyour instructor your short proposal (this can be informal and brief, but must be communicated) for any further guidance or feedback. We encourage you to do this by Monday, March 9, and no later than Wednesday March 11.

Step 3

This next step will involve preparationfor your project.  You will want to organize and time-manage this carefully to allow time for drafting your written work, and reaching out to your instructors with any questions well in advance of deadlines.

Below is a list of tasks you will want to keep in mind as you prepare:

• link your big ideas or concepts you are exploring in the project to actual units and materials covered in the course.  Go back to those units and review the readings, the course notes available on the website, and your own notes from lectures and section.

• map out ideas, concepts, and thoughts from your review that you will apply in your actual paper.

Step 4

This step augments your knowledge, and it is meant to be integrated into your project along with course readings that you have identified and will use.

• We are asking you to include at least one new sourcein addition to those from the class as something that added to, or helped shape your ideas. We do require that at least one extra source is a scholarly or research-based text, though we welcome additional sources that are non-textual (video, audio, visuals, etc.).

• To find such a source we encourage you to consider resources from your major and discipline or from previous classes that you think intersect with voice.  You can also consult a list of other readings (which we will load to Gauchospace).  You are not limited to the list given, but you are to consult over email with your instructorif you wish to use another source you have discovered on your own.

• Part of our assessment will be to see you integrate information from a new source into your paper and show how it provides new ideas and information that you have applied in this final project.

Step 5

In this step you will work to draft your written paper.  

• You will want to consider what parts of the preparation and focus of your project did not involve writing (if you are creatively exploring a concept, making or listening to a recording, doing interview, attending a live event, making a video, etc.).  You will want to plan how you will represent this in the final project and on your e-portfolio.

• You will then want to plan out your written analysis using the model you have chosen, but keeping in mind ways you will extend that model, deepen your analysis, and integrate course materials and new resources you’ve read.

• We encourage you to draft this, even if still not polished, with enough time to continue improving the project, polishing your writing, and integrating any feedback from your instructors.  If you wish to reach out to instructors for any feedback, we ask you to do this no later than Monday, March 16.

Writing Requirements and Conventions

Below we include requirements for meeting the expectations of this final project and some recommendations to improve the writing of your paper.

Writing Style

You will be selecting your own model for your paper.  In some instances you will have more than one platform for this project:

1) one may be a creative, non-writing representation of voice, or short, informal   

   writing (like a blog/vlog)

2) the other will include critical analysis and application of ideas to what you  

    explored in the model you selected.

Each type of representation may include different styles of writing.  We have talked through and practiced such models in small and large assignments this quarter.  You will want to adapt knowledge you developed about these different representational styles and be sure to distinguish them in your writing.

Audience

Your ideal reader of this essay should be a curious, interested, college student like yourself, who is capable of reading more formal writing.  Your final essay should interest a friend, a roommate, etc.

Integration of Course Materials

Your essay must incorporate concepts and ideas you can draw throughout the course.  We have built that in to the structure of the project, and we will especially look for this integration in your written project.  The object is not just to cite materials, but to use them to expand your discussion, apply to your given examples, and to contribute to your analysis.

Citations

You must properly credit your sources in MLA or APA, including in-text citations (even for paraphrasing) and include at the end of your essay a works cites/reference page. Also include proper citations of lectures, by either citing the lecture notes and page (eg: Lecture Notes, Feb. 24, 2020, 2), or the date of lecture (Lecture Discussion, Feb. 26, 2020).

If you are at all unclear about using different citation styles, please look this up and consult your instructor for guidance: we are here to help!  

Overall Quality

Please keep in mind that this is the final project of the course.  We expect you to carefully organize your project, design your paper to fit the model you have selected, prepare your critical analysis to incorporate ideas and materials from the course, and use at least one outside source you have integrated.

As with all your large assignments, remember the following criteria when you edit:

•clarity of subject presented 

•well-organized structure, with logical flow of ideas

•application of critical thoughts that bring insight to the subject

•integration of ideas, concepts, theories, and terms from the course

•careful editing of text with minimal errors

•proper grammar used

•references where expected

Total Length

Your paper should be range between 5 to 8 pages (using conventional formatting, and using double-spacing, and 12-point font). Your total word count should range approximately between 1600-2560 words.

Step 6

In this finalizing step you will complete your written work, and upload it to Gauchospace and to your e-portfolio at any point in advance of the final deadline.  Final Projects will be due on Friday, March 20, 5:00pm.

Final Step

(Optional; this is not for points towards you grade) Please write a short reflection as your final blog-post for your e-portfoliothat considers what you gained in completing this last project, and then how any aspect of this course may carry forward for you: in college, other courses, in life, and future career objectives you may already have.

Now, go forward, using your voice, to stake our your next adventure!

Thank you for all that you have brought to this course.

— Your EV Instructors