Writing Project 2: The Research Journal
Some of the broad topics we'll be discussing this session include:
- The obesity pandemic in America
- Medical implications of obesity
- Fast Food
- Industrialized Food
- Gender and societal roles and norms and how these relate to food preparation and consumption
- Environmental impact of food production
- Food shortages and starvation
- Vegans, vegetarians, and food choices
- Animal rights
What else can you think of? Start from one of these broad topics, or choose a different one that relates to food and begin researching. Eventually, you will narrow to a more specific, defined topic.
Select a broad topic that relates to food, and then narrow this topic to a specific research focus. For example, if I choose the obesity problem, I might choose to limit my focus only to obesity in children. Or, if I choose environmental impact of food production, I might focus on grass fed beef. Your topic must be approved by your instructor.
Conduct scholarly research. Use the databases. Keep track of all the articles you consider by keeping a Research Log. How you keep track of your sources is up to you, but you'll need to provide evidence of this in your final Research Journal.
Analyze your sources and identify multiple perspectives. In reviewing your Research Log, which 3 sources are key to understanding several different viewpoints on your topic? Choose 3 key sources, and begin drafting Source Reviews.
Assemble your Research Journal
The research journal will consist of THREE, polished and edited Source Reviews and a final Research Journal Reflection, and your list of sources your consulted, your: Research Log.
Some important notes:
- You will each compile a research journal individually.
- Source Reviews should reflect multiple perspectives on your topic.
- Drafts of Source Reviews will be gathered throughout the course of this project as hard copies submitted in class for homework grades.
- The complete Research Journal is due July 25 at the beginning of class, as a hard copy in a folder.
After the Research Journals Are Completed...
- You will use your research as the basis for an argumentative piece in your blog.
- You'll also present your research during your Group Research Presentation. As a group, you will collate your various research interests and collaborate to relate your research issues to a broader theme focusing on food.