Research and Halloween…

We are edging closer and closer to the end of the semester, which means that pretty soon you will be completing a research essay. This week we will discuss the beginning stages of research–where to begin, methods to try, and joining the conversation.

This week’s reading come from Everyone’s an Author. For Tuesday’s class, you will read chapter 15, “Starting Your Research/Joining the Conversation” and chapter 16, “Finding Sources, Considering Research Methods.” Please come prepared to discuss both of these chapters on Tuesday.

As for Thursday, I’ve had a lot of inquiries about whether or not we will have class since it’s Halloween. I contemplated giving a quiz to insure that everyone would show up, but instead I’m giving an out of class assignment for that day. We will not have class, but this assignment will make up for that class period as well as this week’s blog post.

Halloween Assignment: Write a two to three page essay that responds to one of the following prompts.

1. Is there ever a tasteful way to dress up as someone of a different race?

2. Write an analysis of a Halloween event that you attend.

3.  Halloween beyond ghosts, goblins, and witches.

I’ve intentionally left all these topics broad, so that you are forced to narrow it down for yourself . You must include at least two appropriate sources in your essay (no Wikipedia,, Yahoo Answers, etc.).

Essays are worth 45 points and due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 3rd in Dropbox.


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