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Multimodal Research Project
Context & Goals of the Research Component of this Project
Since the start of the semester, we have been working on honing skills you’ve cultivated from completing several carefully designed assignments, writing tasks, and revision. The purpose of this project is to exhibit your understanding of concepts we have learned this semester: rhetorical analysis, annotation, argumentation, and researching. Everything we have learned up to this point has been to prepare you for this research project, with the goal of starting a foundation for future academic, professional, and scholarly research you may do. Too, we are trying to move away from the stuffy and difficult-to-read genre of the traditional research paper; we want our research to be useful for someone outside of our classroom. You will aim to persuade your audience that your stance is complex, nuanced, and worth considering. For this project, you should aim to place yourself within the current conversations about your topic, without falling into the trap of forcing your argument into a pro vs con binary. Doing strong research and analysis means developing a nuanced stance (thesis) and supporting it with claims that are based on the evidence and research you’ve conducted.
Context & Goals for Multimodal Composing Component of this Project
Composing your writing in the digital era means adapting to new genres and discovering new ways to write. Today, it’s more likely that the majority of your the information you read and write happens multimodally, or through integrating useful images, videos, GIFS, tables, visuals, etc, along with text to help your audience remember your persuasive points. More simply, we understand information and are more invested in it when we don’t solely use text to convey information. For this project, you’ll be experimenting with different genres, technologies, and ideas to create your own Multimodal Research Project.
How will the multimodal research differ from the next project?
This project is a longer and more sustained research exposé for a captivated audience than the public writing piece you’ll compose. The public writing project will have to very quickly (and succinctly) relay information about your topic; it will focus more so on background and solutions, whereas this project gives us the full scope of the issue and gives you time to develop a researched and sustained argument.
Projects must be a minimum of 2200 words (not including Works Cited/Reference page), double-spaced pages (12 point font)
Projects must include at least 2 visuals (images, charts, graphs, etc) and genre-appropriate citations. All visuals must be directly relevant to the argument, and should enhance it, not detract (as in, no random pictures or stock photos just because it’s a requirement.)
Projects must be written in the 3rd person, to maintain a formal and academic tone. No personal references or anecdotes should be included.
A minimum of 8 sources must be used. Your in-text citations must be in either MLA or APA format.
A separate Works Cited/References page must be included in either MLA or APA format.
Projects must follow the Toulmin Method guidelines! A PDF of the guidelines can be found at the end of the prompt.
INTRO & BACKGROUND
All projects must begin with an introduction that includes background information and a thesis statement (claim). The introduction needs to begin with any necessary background information needed on the topic, and the paragraph should end with the thesis statement. The thesis statement (claim) must be an arguable statement that sets up the argument for the rest of the project.
This should be the overwhelming majority of the project. Each body paragraph needs to follow the basic Toulmin Method for Argumentation as follows:
Each body paragraph needs to have a topic sentence (good reasons)
Each body paragraph must have at least 2 direct quotes, each from a different source for support/evidence Remember that direct quotes are not the same as paraphrases and summaries! (evidence)
Each body paragraph must have analysis that connects it back to the thesis statement to explain how/why it proves the claim as true (warrant)
At least two paragraphs need to be dedicated to the rebuttal: one paragraph to explain the rebuttal, one paragraph to refute it. Both need to follow the same format outlined in numbers 1-3.
In this section, you’ll aim to acknowledge the differing perspectives on your topic, but show us why your particular stance is still the strongest or most complex. Then, include a call to action, set of guidelines, or an overview that outlines suggestions for solving your problem or moving forward.
A minimum of 8 sources must be used.
Sources should be from a variety of credible places, and should not all be from the same publisher.
There must be at least one credible source to support the rebuttal argument (basically, don’t just “make up” what the opposition says, do the research and find a credible argument against yours, and then use your sources to refute it.)
If you have a question about this assignment prompt, you can ask it via Class Conversations option in the top right corner of this page. Please use some of the information from the file I upload.