Before work can truly begin on Project Four, even before you make a final decision on a research problem, it would be helpful to know how your team will plan to work. With your group mates, develop a team charter. Address the following points:
- Overall, broad team goals for the project
- Measurable, specific team goals
- Personal goals
- Method of collaborating on research, writing, and revision (you may wish to revisit Session Seven). Be specific, here, about the means you will work together. How will you divide up workload? Which tools (Google docs, Dropbox, email, adding each other as users of your WordPress sites, etc.)
- Other factors that might affect the project
- Statement of how the team will resolve impasses
- Statement of how the team will handle missed deadlines
- Statement of what constitutes unacceptable work and how the team will handle this
Post this on each team member’s blog page. Print it and have all team members sign a copy to be retained by me by Thursday, 10/30.
Choosing a Research Issue
Once your team has decided how they will work, I need to know on which topic you will do research. Please post on your blog a statement, of no more than 300 words, on the following:
- the research issue you and your partners will be examining;
- the specific community about or for whom you are writing;
- your stake in that community, and thus, in this project;
- your interest in the topic;
- what you may already know about the topic;
- how you will research.
Work with your team members to develop this response. Ideally, there will be some similar responses to each bullet point.
Where to begin research?
Head to the WSU Library guides via the link to the left or by clicking here.
Use scholar.google.com, ProQuest, CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints, or any of the other databases available to Wayne State students.
Your annotated bibliographies (I’ll show you the format Thursday) are due next week, Tuesday, 11/04. You need to have credible sources including at least two new sources not used for any other work this semester (including the ISearch) .
Finish I-Search. Post on blog and to SafeAssign via BlackBoard.
Read Wayne Writer Ch. 5 pp. 145-159 and ch. 6 pp. 188-215