You will write a 1,500-word essay that draws from research into one of the many topics related to the concept of being Woke OR the impact of technology on education (this is an option for those who wish to move away from the topic of social injustices). Consider the discussions you’ve engaged in with your classmates. What opinions have you read that peaked your curiosity? What new information did you learn? What would you like to know more about? What left you with more questions?

Summary: You will write a 1,500-word essay that draws from research into one of the many topics related to the concept of being Woke OR the impact of technology on education (this is an option for those who wish to move away from the topic of social injustices). Consider the discussions you’ve engaged in with your classmates. What opinions have you read that peaked your curiosity? What new information did you learn? What would you like to know more about? What left you with more questions? Review the readings again, but this time with a researcher’s eye – what points of view would you challenge? The topics are plentiful – the key is to select one that you are truly interested in. Details: To discover possible topics . . . § Consider how you might extend or possibly even challenge some of what you’ve read in Between the World and Me OR “And Their Eyes Glazed Over,” which is posted in Week 8 (as well as the additional readings in previous weeks). § Reflect not just about racism and injustice or about millennials being vilified for being raised in the “digital age” but consider the questions that you had about the many other topics that are related to these two massive topics. Develop compelling questions that lingered after reading/discussing something this semester. § Also, don’t feel as though you have to agree or disagree with either author. You are not arguing here – you are exploring. Exploring is the process of asking questions and performing research to answer those questions. Avoid starting with conclusions – let them develop as you engage in the question-answer process. Start with, What do I want to know about ______?? Conducting research There are two general kinds of academic research: primary and secondary. 1. Primary research discovers new knowledge, through ethnographic observations, interviews, surveys, experiments, etc. 2. Secondary research reports someone else’s primary research, by summarizing / analyzing their research found in scholarly books, scholarly journals, scholarly Web sites, etc. To inquire into your topic, you can have the option to conduct primary research, such as ethnographic observations, interviews, or a survey (in addition to secondary research – see below). Notice how our readings draw on primary research to support the authors’ observations. Research enabled these authors to test their own attitudes against others’ experiences, to discover new ideas, and to support their ideas with evidence. Your research should similarly seek to test your own initial attitudes against others’ experiences, to discover new ideas, and to support your ideas with evidence you will present in your essay. Secondary research is also required. It will be useful to position your essay in relation to academic research that either extends or challenging the ideas in the readings. Since your topic will overlap with one or more topics in the essays, you will synthesize your topic into the research “conversation” that you yourself have entered into by discussing and citing related areas in the weekly discussions. Specifications § Length: Your essay should be no less than 1,500 words. Make sure that your draft meets this minimum. A draft that does not meet this minimum will receive a failing grade. § Title: The assignment is called Essay Three, The Researched Essay, but you should create a title that is specific to your essay–distinguishing your essay from those of your classmates–and that informs and invites readers to your essay. § References: A minimum of 6 sources is required (you’ll probably need more, and any readings included in the course this semester do not count towards this number – the six are NEW sources only. You still must document references to the readings included in the course). § Credit ideas and phrases that come from other sources by citing each source at its point of use in your essay (in-text citations), and include a Work Cited page at the end of your essay. You must use MLA guidelines for documentation. § Follow MLA guidelines both for formatting the essay, and documenting sources Evaluation criteria Complex thinking, research, and writing cannot be readily reduced to a mathematical formula. Our syllabus offers general criteria for all course assignments. Important criteria for this assignment include § the resourcefulness of your research; § the development and interpretation of your research results into perspectives that your audience would find credible and significant; § the organization of your research and perspectives into a cohesive essay.

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