Now that you have been writing your journal for two weeks, you should have from six to eight entries and each should be several hundred words at least.
Keep writing the journal but it is time to start mining your journal (you will be including it in your final portfolio) for the basis of a paper.
Go back and re-read your journal and mark ideas for papers relating to our current coronavirus situation. Choose two or three of the ideas for further consideration. Then, do a bit of initial research, finding news stories relating to these ideas.
Next, of the two or three ideas that you have researched, choose one as the basis for a paper that should end up being from three to five pages long.
In the paper, you may quote from your journal–but I want you to also quote from at least three other sources, one of which must be an interview you conduct (via email, text or phone) with either a classmate, family member, friend or acquaintance relating to the topic.
Your point for the paper needs to come from your own experience but you need to support it with what others have said. The quote from a friend and two quotes from articles. You will include bibliographic information on these in a Works Cited section at the end of your paper, using MLA style (check online for how to do this).
Address the paper to someone who does not understand the point you are making. Identify that person (or persons) in the paper. It could be someone who doesn’t know what it is like to experience what you have experienced or who holds an opinion different from yours. Make sure every sentence of your paper is addressed to that person just as they would be were you talking face-to-face.
As part of the paper, you will need to include a multimedia attachment. This can be a photo- or video-essay relating to the topic or a podcast or a slide show. It could be a song you write or a poem (as long as you present a video of you singing or reading it) or anything else. If you would like, you can incorporate this into the paper itself but that isn’t absolutely necessary.
This paper will be due May 4th.
Email me with any questions… and good luck!