In evaluating social or cultural ideas some of the most provocative questions and arguments occur around theories to explain various "mysteries" or challenging-to-understand issues or events. As a class project that gives us a chance to look more deeply into an event or ongoing issue recent enough to provide a wide array of opinions, research and living witnesses, we will review and evaluate the material surrounding one of the following social/cultural issues and any implications for our world. Using "story," "analogy" or other rhetorical elements we have covered will be strong parts of the final version--even epigraphs [a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc, suggesting its theme] are encouraged.
As you investigate these topics and choose one to focus on, be sure to let the verifiable evidence lead your thinking, rather than just use "cherry-picked" supports to prop up personal leanings. As long as there is good evidence to support the thesis, virtually any position on your topic is possible, but any topic must be approved by the instructor. The topic you choose will conform to the documentation style of field of study which characterizes that topic: Fields of Study list | Fields and Styles.
topics to explore
for E2 Evaluation: Others may be considered, but please conference with
me about them. No Pro-Con or simple review
of material fits this
project. The links given are for general information.
Research an important issue in your field of study, medicine, law enforcement, forestry, psychology, etc. OR
Patterns and Causes of financial collapse(s) through at least the last 150 years AND possible solutions.
Shroud of Turin—explore ongoing theories and evidence for explaining this artifact.
WTC 7 –explore the official account (the 9/11 Commission Report, etc.) and the alternate accounts of its loss (e.g. 9/11: Explosive Evidence full version and shorter explanation for WTC7).
Conservative/Liberal: Analyze the basic elements and philosophic characteristics of both "liberal" and "conservative" political "philosophies." Then form an argument (including authoritative evidence) that states the most beneficial set of values for guiding a modern society. The information here and here may be used as a starting point.
The Controversy of Chemtrails/Contrails: One view and another view.
The Ideal Role and Function of the U.S. Federal Government in a Democratic Society: Democracy Journal | Human Events/Conservative zine
The Role of the Media and Journalism in a free society such as the United States. One view and another.
Public Land Management: One view and another.
Something not listed but a topic with a clear social impact.
Project Details and Stages Overview: Please choose one of the social/cultural topics above or--with instructor approval--a "mystery," conspiracy theory or controversy that intrigues you:
Scope of E2 Paper:
|1. c.2000-2500 wds. - 8-10 pages (c.250wds/page)|
|2. with at least 5-8 sources cited from at least 8-10 in an annotated bibliography|
|3. at least 2 cited sources must be from scholarly peer reviewed journals/databases|
|4. an evaluation /critique) of credibility of one possible source [include print out of first 1-2 pages and last 1-2 pages] of authoritative evidence|
|5. a semi-formal research proposal-(template includes annotated bibliography)|
|6. annotated bibliography explanation (at least 8-10 listings in template above)|
|7. conforms to appropriate format and style for
documented, argument writing in your topic's field.
Here is a suggested staged process divided by green, brown and purple type. These stages can be accelerated as suits each student's pace, but the progress journals will need to be turned in each week EVEN IF THE STAGES GO LONGER than the identified time frame, and/or as each stage is finished.
Stage one: A6 = journal to summarize the process of Finding the Focus-- As part of the Topic Exp document, add the other points (numbered) for this A6 journal.
Stage two You
can allow 2 weeks to complete:THE
A7/8 = journal to
summarize the process of
Finding and Evaluating
Sources--present as a 3--part stapled packet.
(1 and 2 are technically combined)
Stage four-- Final Journal A10 is the PROCESS WRITING for E2 that is part of the E2 Packet including journals A6-A9 and any other progress journals. Continue completing the stages and finishing the parts of the final packet of material.
Presto--E2 pretty much done....
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