My aim in this course is to show you how to write a good research paper. I’ll do this by giving you techniques for exploring, writing about, and revising texts. You might think of these techniques as creating a toolbox for yourself as you read and work with different kinds of texts. -R. Saunders
--Various lists, free-writing exercises, written thoughts and descriptions of first impressions. These assignments are part of your class participation grade.
--Warm up. A poem—for practice in being specific, not an exercise in creativity! Email to me by 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20. This poem is part of your class participation grade and will be revised.
--Paper #1: An analysis paper (4 pages minimum), based on the article about the “Grandmother Hypothesis.” If you want to use the research from our library website for this paper, be sure that it is documented properly by consulting your Hacker handbook. You may use other research but from the UMB databases only. Do not use the web!
- Email to me by 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 25.
--Paragraphs—for more practice in being specific and for getting those specific details into a clear, coherent shape. This paragraph is part of your class participation grade and will be revised.
--Paper #2: An analysis paper (4 pages minimum) based on Houses of Games.
- Email to me by 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8.
--Paper #3: A draft of a paper (4 pages) which is the beginning of your final research paper on some topic you develop based on either the articles about social media or the articles about animal behavior. You may continue to work on House of Games, if you’d like. This option is a little tricky because it’s important that you don’t just repeat yourself.
- Email to me by Tuesday, August 20. I will email it back to you with suggestions for your final revision, which will be paper #4. Many of my suggestions will be ways in which you can extend your ideas.
--Paper #4: A research paper (6-8 pages). Due Saturday, August 24. Note that the final paper is a little longer than the first draft.
This paper is to be a revision and expansion of work you have done with paper #3.
- Email the final to me by 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24, unless I tell you otherwise.