Student:____________________________ Date: ______________________________ ORGANIZING MY NEXT STEPS FOR MY FINAL PROJECT

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Re-Stating My Argument & Re-Visiting My Organizational Methods Practice, Part 1
(Directions: In the space provided, please practice articulating your project, as you currently understand and vision it.) _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________

(Directions: In the space provided, please practice stating and re-stating your THESIS/ARGUMENT, as you currently understand it.)  I am arguing: __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ (Directions: In the space provided, please practice stating which gender theories and methods you will be building upon. For example, expound upon your research methods that you will be using as: your primary sources (required!), which secondary sources (required!), which authors and articles, which exact ideas from your text book, films, articles provided to you on the class blog, and/or other sites you have researched.) Please provide a minimum of four, though for your final project you will be required to use more than six:  For the purpose of my thesis/argument, I will be building upon the following to construct and to enlarge my thesis     (turn the page over and go to Part 2)

In your introduction, state the 'concern' part of the issue—a catchy opening statement Explain the methodology you will be using, generally stated and how you will apply them to the issue under study State your argument/thesis; point specifically to what you will do in this project, what you will accomplish; forecast this succinctly for your reader

Practice, Part 2
(Directions: In the following diagram, please construct an outline of your overall project, as you currently envision it. This will change and adjust itself to the adjustment in your ‘critical lenses’ as you continue to grow in your comprehension of theories of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, state, citizenships, borders.)

Now…in the main body, introduce the context of your issue, and then begin showing examples (at least 3) that you will be utilizing. Set up your first example and show how the example demonstrates your argument. This is where your analytical skills come in using theories of gender and power from our numerous texts. This is the ‘for instance’ of your issue/thesis. Upfront you will want to ‘locate’ the sites of contestation: micro, meso and macro levels. (i.e. across the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, geography, identity, nation…) Show us where your issue is happening, physically, geo-politically, …. Show us who this project is centered around. Then…show us how you are examining gender and power: break it down for us in succinct, digestible parts. (Not too many!) Just enough to re-emphasize your argument. Then…show us the key ‘challenges’ that continue to dominate on this issue. Do not be shy here. Be explicit and specific. What is at stake? Who is implicated? What costs are involved and to whom? Why should we care?

In your conclusion (bottom triangle)… Restate the problem (your point, re-stated) and tell us why your argument, and your approach is important to the study of gender and power. Which feminist lenses contributed to your analysis, and why did

they make a difference in the way you approached the problem? Then, reemphasize and re-connect how your work is speaking to important theories and methods in an inter-disciplinary way. Re-iterate what the issues are that were raised by authors you read—and be specific who & how important they are...)

Finally, build your citations or bibliography as you go; keep good records when drafting.

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