Short Research Project

Assignment Objective: Develop an understanding of the many interlinking issues and events (technological, sociological, political and cultural) that defined what we know as the English Renaissance.

Assignment Components:
1. You will choose a subject from a pre-defined list.
2. You will give a five (5) minute multimodal presentation on your topic to the class. The presentation may be constructed in PowerPoint (or its equivalent) or Prezi. This presentation must be based on four research sources – at least two must be found in the GaTech library and/or its resources. While you may use Wikipedia to learn elementary information about your subject, YOU MAY NOT use it as one of your sources. Images must be incorporated.[nbnote]Images may be incorporated from an online resource or scanned from printed material. You are encouraged to use Wikimedia Commons or Creative Commons licensed images.[/nbnote] You must also provide a References section (bibliography of sources) at the end of your wiki entry.
a. In preparation for your presentation, you will write a 75-100 word abstract about your subject on the course site.
b. Classmates will provide instant feedback for your presentation via the course site attached to your abstract. These comments will be viewable by the presenter and will be added to the comments sheet I return to you with your grade.
4. You will write a reflection essay of 150-400 words for incorporation into your Portfolio. This essay will satisfy oral/nonverbal category.
Dates Due: Presentations will be given in class Oct. 17-24. See course site to choose subject and sign up for presentation dates. Reflection essay is due Sunday, Oct. 28 by 11pm.

Marking:
• Abstract: 20 pts.
• Presentation: 80 pts.
• Peer comments: 50 pts. (Participation category)
• Reflection essay (Oral/Nonverbal): 15 pts.

Rubric:
Rhetorical Awareness: 20%
Stance and Support: 20%
Organization: 15%
Conventions: 15%
Design for Medium: 30%

Assignment Outcomes:
Categories – Critical Thinking, Rhetoric, Process
• Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating
• Produce communication that is stylistically appropriate and mature
• Critique your own and others’ works
• Construct, select, and deploy information based on interpretation and critique of the accuracy, bias, credibility, authority, and appropriateness of sources