In class we discussed the values, power, and privilege of storytelling, subjectivity of archives, canons, anthologies, and curation. Here is a chance for you to add your own perspectives, voices, and research to our collective (class) science fiction archive through a researched, argumentative final project. This final, Archive Project is worth 25% of your final course grade, and will be an individual, researched project developed in consultation with the Professor. Each student will design her own project, but regardless of the project, each student will incorporate research, a written component, reflection, and in-class presentation.
Below is an outline of the project, along with my expectations / guidelines / requirements / and due dates. There is also important information here about grading & feedback.
[Important Deadlines for the Proposal Drafting/Review/Revising]
*First Draft of Proposals: due Th 11/17 by 2:15pm (categorize as “Proposals, Drafts”)
*Second Draft of Proposals: due M 11/21 by 11:59pm (categorize as “Revised Proposals”)
We will peer review your first draft of proposals in class on Th 11/17, so please bring any notes, research, and devices (laptops, tablets, etc.) to work on in class. There is no minimum word length for this first draft of proposals, but you want to provide as much detail and explanation as possible so that your peers and I can ask intelligent questions and help you to further focus/refine/improve your topic and approach. When you will revise your proposals for early the following week, you will further refine your topic, add more detail and sources, and shape it in a more focused way. I will provide feedback, point you to additional resources/things to think about, and then hopefully before Thanksgiving, I will sign off on each project, once we together decide what it will look like, what your deliverables (inquiry, research, project, etc.) will be. Good luck!
* Project Progress Blogs #1: due by 11:59pm M 11/28 (or earlier by Monday at noon, if you are conferencing with me on Monday afternoon). Post to our OpenLab site and bring a printed copy to our individual conference
-This should be an update on your progress on your project to date:
- Final Draft of Proposal for me to sign off
- Guiding research questions
- Initial claims you are making
- Summary/discussion of the research you’ve done so far, w/citations (what are the sources you’ve found, and what role will they serve in the project/the write-up: are they background information, counter-arguments, etc.?)
- Reflection on your progress to date and next steps [this should include discussion of the specifics feedback you received from your peers and me, and changes you made to address this feedback]
- Questions you have for me at this point
* Project Progress Blogs #2: due by 11:59pm M 12/5 Post to our OpenLab site as “Project Progress.
-This should be an update on your progress on your project since your last progress update blog on 11/28 (so over the past week. You should make sure to include:
- All sources consulted/found useful. For each source, provide:
- the full MLA citation with an annotation of the source: brief paragraph of summary of the source followed by brief paragraph of how/why this source will be useful for your particular project (e.g., is it background info.? evidence for a counter-argument? etc.)
- Initial draft of your introductory paragraph and main claims (topic sentences of body paragraphs)
- Reflection on your progress to date and next steps [this should include discussion of the specifics feedback you received from me in our individual conference, and changes you made to address this feedback]
- What your next steps are, to get ready for the presentation and start drafting the write-up
- Questions you still have at this point or things you need help with
*Individual out-of-Class Conferences with Professor Belli: week of 11/28
*In-Class Presentations: Tu 12/6 + Th 12/8 (worth 5% of Final Project Grade)
*In-Class Final Project Write-Up Workshop + Peer Review: Th 12/15 during class
- Drafts of Write-Up (with draft of reflective Cover Letter due 11:59pm on M 12/12 (note: we don’t have class the next day: Tu 12/13 is a Reading Day!)
- Post to the OpenLab (categorize as “Write-Up Draft”): title the post with your project title, write your project abstract in the post, and attached your write-up draft (with Cover Letter as the first page) to your post as a Microsoft Word document, correctly labeled with your name and as first draft
- Do peer review of your two group members, and bring this work (printed out essays and peer review assignments, with your comments) to class with you on Th 12/15
- Bring two printed copies of your own write-up draft to class too (one for you to take notes, and one for me)
- We will also have end-of-the-semester celebrations on Th 12/15 (yay!), I will bring in some goodies for the class, and I encourage you to do the same 🙂
*Final Project Reflection + Write-Up: M 12/19 by 11:59pm (worth 20% of Final Project Grade)
- post to the OpenLab by 11:59pm on M 12/19
- categorize as “Write-Up + Reflection”): title the post with your project title, write your project abstract in the post, and attached your write-up draft (with Cover Letter as the first page) to your post as a Microsoft Word document, correctly labeled with your name as final draft
Final Projects are worth 25% of your final course grade. While there are a number of pre-drafts and smaller assignments built in, it is best to think of this as a series of extended projects, scaffolded in. You will get feedback along the way, but the final project will be graded as a whole at the end of the semester [with the exception of the presentation, which has its own grade]
*Click on the links below to find more details (along with guidelines/expectations/grading criteria) for each component of the final project.
Proposal + Research
Write-Up + Reflection