Research Assignment ENGL 5361

Topic Selection • All I need for the topic selection assignment is a brief paragraph describing your topic/area of research interest. I'd like to know if you've investigated it yet, found any sources, or not. I'd like to know why you are choosing the topic and if you plan to work in a group. • As research is a generative process, I understand that your topic may shift and you may decide later to work with others. • Remember, your research focus must somehow address the teaching of developmental writing or the teaching of writing to students classified as "developmental." Research Topics • grammar • acquisition of academic discourse • treatment of error • use of technology • Gen 1.5/Multilingual Learners • race/class • response to student writing • program models • assessing student writing • • • • • • • program models assessing student writing BW identity public policy & BW Literacy as social practice literacy narratives & personal writing Contact zone theories (Pratt) and acad. discourse

What is an Annotated Bib? • MLA or APA citations of your sources • One paragraph (200-300 words) for each that identifies the source's authority (who is the author, why should we listen?), provides main points relevant to your topic, and evaluates the usefulness of the source. You might cite a key quote if you wish. • As this is a working document, I would not expect that you would have every source you plan to use for the final project; however, I'd expect that you have 8-10 sources, minimum. • I expect that as scholars of basic writing, you will use appropriate sources. This means peer-reviewed articles/books/etc. (not book reviews or abstracts), theory from recognized scholars/teachers in the field, and/or websites that represent work of experts. (If you have a doubt, ask me). You can also use interviews and/or other forms of research, but may have a hard time carrying this off in the time we have allowed. • You are welcome to use sources from our class; however, these do not "count" toward your minimum total. Part of this project is being a scholar and doing your own research. Conference Essay A conference essay is an essay that you could present at a conference. These essays are typically short, about 8 pages in length, and they respond to a specific call. However, you can write a short essay on any of the topics we’ve discussed in class (or those listed above). A conference essay, however, have a narrow focus. Pecha Kucha Presentation (see attached handout)

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