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ENG 252 Research Project
For your major research project this semester, you will write a research paper in the form of a PowerPoint presentation featuring one or more works found in your anthology. (You are limited to the works found in the Table of Contents that we didn’t cover in class. If you choose a poet, you must focus on at least two poems.)
• Presentation must contain at least 14 slides, including the title slide
• You must use at least 3 credible, secondary sources. At least one of your sources should come from Alabama Virtual Library. The other two sources can come from credible websites regarding the author, news sites, encyclopedic cites, etc.
• You may not use study guide websites as sources in this project. (No Spark Notes, Cliff’s notes, Schmoop, etc.)
• The design/appearance is up to you
• Follow the guidelines for formal writing. Write at least one well-developed paragraph (8-10 sentences) per slide —DO NOT WRITE IN BULLET POINTS.
The first slide must include the title of your presentation and your name and information that clearly identifies the PowerPoint as a student project for ENG 252
Each PowerPoint must contain the following:
1. Research (30 points) (The title of each slide in this section should say “Research”) a. The research section must contain the following:
• Historical information about the time period of the work and how that context relates to the work (2-3 slides)
• Biographical information about the author of the work. (2-3 slides)
2. Discussion (30 points)
a. Discuss the work’s major themes. (2 slides)
b. Discuss two or more literary devices in the work(s) that you find interesting AND that your research indicates scholars find worthy of study as well. (Symbolism, voice, irony, or the use of another particular literary device such as metaphor, allusion, paradox, etc…)Be sure to explain why the author is using each device/ how it serves the the work overall.(2 slides)
c. Discuss the significance of this work. Why do we still study it? (2 slides)
3. Annotated Bibliography (10 points for correct works cited entries and 10 points for detailed paragraphs)
a. 3 slides – one per secondary source
b. On each slide, first create a works cited entry for the source. Then write a detailed paragraph (at least 5 sentences) summarizing the general content of the source and discussing your evaluation of the source. (Do this for each source.)
c. 1 slide- Include a separate slide titled “WORKS CITED” to cite the work(s) that you are analyzing and the source from which you got the biographical info on your author.
4. Creativity (20 points)
a. Photographs, illustrations, quotations from the work, (Is your project aesthetically pleasing and thoughtful or did you throw it together at the last minute?
b. Design of the presentation
Due on Canvas by 10:59 pm on July 18.
o Save your PowerPoint as a pdf and submit it to Canvas. I advise against using Prezi because I can’t open those presentations on Canvas. You may need to make time to come to campus and work on your presentation here.
Other important notes:
• Everything should be written in complete sentences.
• Cite EVERYTHING that does not come from your own head using MLA Style
• Because you are uploading it as a pdf file, I will not be able to see any animations, transitions, music, etc that you use, so be sure to make each slide visually interesting.
Here’s an example of what your annotated bibliography slides should look like:
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor Books, 1995.
Lamott’s book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamott’s book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one’s own internal critic. In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun. Blah blah blah, continue on for another two sentences.
Here’s an example of what a correct in-text citation looks like:
According to John Smith, the characters are often fully brought to life only after the work is entirely finished.
According to Doe, this author is the best ever (45).
The author is the best ever (Doe 45)