Project 2: Tracing Conversations Over Time

Overview

Project 2 is an 800-1000 word literature review arguing that a scholarly conversation on a topic has changed—or has not changed—over a period of time. This project uses at least four sources, two of which must be published between 2000 and 2010, and two of which must be published between 2011 and 2017. Project 2 is a Global Citizens Assignment that conforms to Learning Outcomes objectives D, E, and F.

Early Draft 

The early draft will be an outline that presents your main points with supporting evidence. Include sources and evidence in the form of quotes or paraphrasing in addition to your argument.

Intermediate Draft 

The intermediate draft should be an 800-1,000 word literature review that argues how a scholarly conversation about your chosen topic has changed—or not changed—over a period of time, using two sources published between 2000 and 2010 and two sources published between 2011 and 2016. You should integrate summarized, paraphrased, and quoted materials from your four sources to demonstrate your understanding and provide support for your thesis.

Turning in your intermediate draft late may result in not being able to participate in peer review.

Peer Review 

Follow assignment guidelines as outlined by your instructor. Using MyReviewers, you will provide feedback via peer review. The peer review process allows you to respond to your peers’ drafts as fellow writers working toward the common goal of producing properly formatted, useful and insightful essays. Both you and your peers will be using each other’s comments and recommendations to improve your work. Thus, your individual commitment to peer review has a real impact on the success of the entire class.

Final Draft 

The final draft should be a 800-1,000-word revised literature review that argues how a scholarly conversation about a chosen topic has changed—or not changed—over a period of time, using two sources published between 2000 and 2010 and two sources published between 2011 and 2016. You should ensure that your claim is fully supported with summarized, paraphrased, and quoted material drawn from your four chosen sources. The final draft will reflect significant revisions based upon instructor and peer feedback.

Project Description/Assignment ​

For this project, you will find six sources surrounding your topic question and create an annotated bibliography. Then narrow those six sources down to four (two sources published between 2000 and 2010 and two sources published between 2011 and 2016) that demonstrate change or lack of change in perspective over time.

You will create an 800-1,000 word literature review concerning global and cultural interrelationships and interdependencies across place and time that includes the following:

  1. An introduction that states your thesis (a claim) about how the scholarly conversation has changed over time
  2. Evidence from the research you did in Project 1 to support your thesis; quote, summarize, and paraphrase according to MLA or APA guidelines
  3. Four sources from your annotated bibliography, two sources published between 2000 and 2010, and two sources published between 2011 and 2016
  4. Connections between sources (comparisons and contrasts) to support your argument

Purpose

In Project 2, you will research and write a literature review that argues how a scholarly conversation about your chosen topic has changed–or not changed–over a period of time. Your audience for this project is an academic audience who is unfamiliar with the topic and changes in perspectives regarding the topic. Project 1 lays the foundation of research and understanding of scholarship concerning global and cultural interrelationships and interdependencies across place and time. You will further develop your research question to reflect the evolution of the research process as it moves from an annotated bibliography to an evidence-based academic essay.

Assessment

This assignment will be evaluated using the Project 2 Rubric and the guidelines listed above.

Terms You Should Know

  • Literature Review: A report that overviews and evaluates scholarship about a topic
  • Conversation: Two sides of a topic, often contrasting
  • Historical perspective: A way of seeing a topic in the context of its time period
  • Thesis​: The main idea/purpose/argument of the essay
  • Historiography: Tracing how perspectives on a topic have changed over time
  • Revision: Adding, removing, or modifying parts of writing
  • Evidence​: Support for an argument
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