Now that you have written about your own literacy development and writing practices, it’s time to begin researching how others write and think about writing. The next three major assignments (the Research Proposal, the Annotated Bibliography, and the Research Paper) are like a three-act play, and the work you complete during Week 4 will set the stage for everything you’ll do during the next eight weeks, so please think carefully about how you want to spend that time. Here’s what you need to do for each of our class sessions:
- On Tuesday, we will talk about how to select a research topic that is appropriate for a project of this size and scope. Please bring two copies of your “Statement of Narrowed Topic,” as described on the Research Paper assignment sheet. (Don’t forget to review the list of broad research questions to get started.) In addition, please read the following articles and be ready to discuss them in class: “‘Create a Research Space’ (CARS) Model of Research Introductions,” by John Swales (WAW, pp. 6–8), and “Argument as Conversation: The Role of Inquiry in Writing a Researched Argument,” by Stuart Greene (WAW, pp. 9–21).
- On Thursday, we will talk about the process of conducting research. Please read “Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys, and Interviews,” by Dana Lynn Driscoll (linked on the Readings page), before you draft your Research Proposal. You should complete your Research Proposal before you come to class on Thursday and share it with me following the instructions in the Google Docs template.
Finally, we still need to develop a list of potential questions that you can ask your professors for the “Interview a Professor” assignment. Because our class is focused on writing studies, I’d like you to ask your professors questions about their own writing and research practices. Please think of one or two potential questions that you could ask, then add them to the comments section of this post sometime this weekend. We will spend a few minutes in class on Tuesday refining this list of questions.