Ok, 242. Here’s the prompt for your final essay.
First, let’s review the requirements from the beginning of the quarter:
“By the end of the quarter, students will be expected to produce an academic essay that:
Ten to fifteen pages in length,
Includes at least two media (e.g., film, audio, images, and text),
Uses at least eight reliable sources for evidence,
Is based in a persuasive claim and develops a complex argument, and
Is preceded by an abstract.”
In addition to these requirements, I will remind you that your academic essay should also:
Use a citation system (e.g., MLA),
Emerge from the keyword research you’ve conducted all quarter (don’t forget the Zotero group!),
Privilege the productive ambivalence of your keyword (rather than defining it),
Unpack several responses to your research question,
Examine literary modernism from a critical lens based on aesthetics, history, and/or questions of representation.
Put to work what you’ve learned thus far (e.g., complex paragraphs, three-step analysis, articulating a research question, determining a lens for reading & writing, avoiding either/or logics, organizing persuasive arguments, some keywords for studying literary modernism, and composing with WordPress).
Your final essay should assume the form of a blog post, categorized under “final”, and follow the following format:
Embedded Image, and then the following in one block quote (which will have a gray background):
Project Title (in quotation marks)
Your Name, Your Major/Program
Tagline (in italics)
The Three Keywords Describing the Project (separated by commas)
Body of Abstract (no more than 250 words, one paragraph).
Your essay should begin after the block quote is closed (the essay should have a white background).
After your essay (and at the end of your post), include a works cited list (in one block quote, which will have a gray background).
One note: you need not indent your paragraphs. Another note: If you are composing in Word, then use the “Paste from Word” icon in the toolbar, instead of copying directly into the WordPress writing pane.
The image at the top of your post does not count as one of your media. The body of the essay itself must include two media (e.g., film, audio, images, and text).
As you write, please keep in mind the course outcomes:
“Throughout the quarter, students will be expected to:
Chronicle the development of their essay, including the changes they make to it, on a course blog and through other web-based media,
Share their work with their peers and offer constructive feedback on their work,
Actively engage in conversations and workshops during class meetings,
Develop competencies in how to use new media in and for humanities research,
Gather a strong sense of how to critically interpret and historicize modernist texts, and
Explain how literary modernism is relevant today.”
These outcomes still stand, and I will use them to evaluate your essays, which are 30% of your grade, as well as your in-class participation (30%), project development (30%), and your co-facilitations (10%). See more on the “evaluation” page.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 27th: Abstract Due (on the blog and in print for peer review)
Thursday, June 3rd: Draft Essay Due (in the proper format (see above), including abstract and works cited) on the blog and in print for peer review
Thursday, June 10th: Final Essay Due (by 5 p.m., at which point I will change the passcode for the blog).
That’s it! See me with your questions and concerns. It’s been a pleasure working with you this quarter!