Our marathon workshop showed that there are too many of you, but not enough Ms. LaPaduras. It also showed that you’re all so interesting and engaging that I can’t help but lose track of time! I’m glad I spoke to everyone (eventually), and I am excited to see where your topics bring you. Before I break down the rationale requirements, I had a student come in today, hand me their paper, and say “OK, rip me apart.” There are several issues to address here.
- The Rationale is NOT MEANT to be ripped apart word by word. It is an explanation of your topic to me and your future research group. I am not going through it with the intention of picking on how you wrote it, but instead, looking at what you wrote and how it details your plan for the essay.
- In short, YOUR RATIONALE IS IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF CONTENT NOT FORM, STRUCTURE, OR STYLE.
- There is no sample rationale because everyone’s will look different
On to the homework:
In your folder:
- Process Work: 40 points
- Your completed process chart
- your partner’s draft
- Notes from our meeting
- Workshop Letter
- How did you like workshop- organization, partner, time management, structure
- How do you feel the past classes/assignments prepared you for choosing your topic? Understanding the academic writing genre?
- (satisfactory/unsatisfactory, what could have been done better to prepare you?)
- Anything you want me to know before reading your draft?
- completed draft that is 2 typed, double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point legible font, standard heading, centered title, with numbered pages
Emailed to me:
- By 10:00AM on Friday morning, you must email me a copy of your research rationale
- If you have Google Docs, send it through my gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure the document is not private OR that it gives me permission to view it
- Otherwise, send it to me through my Mville address (on the syllabus and our course blog). I do not accept PDF based on my grading methods, so please do not send me those.