Assignment: Write and submit two “adventures / experiments in research.”
Essential information: Research posts are not essays of literary criticism but reports on your research findings on literary criticism or history concerning utopias.
Sources: At least 4 sources.
Length: 4 paragraphs (though you may add 1-2 more paragraphs if the alternative is "monster paragraphs")
Works Cited / Bibliography? As the models demonstrate, some research posts feature a Works Cited at the end; others provide documentation as they cite in the text; and others do some combination.
Length: 4-7 paragraphs, plus or minus bibliographic information
Bibliographic requirements and information: At least 4 sources, at least some of which should be from reputable scholarship and not just stray internet postings. MLA style is expected. Information may be included in text or more completely in listings at end of post.
Published scholarship has the most prestige and professionalism, but for some subjects consider interviews with experts or practitioners. For instance, some teaching issues may offer little research, so interview someone who may have more knowledge, like a former teacher or professor.
Posting to webpage: Email contents to instructor at whiteC@uhcl.edu. Instructor will post to webpage and email notification of posting with a brief reaction. This may be all the feedback the student will receive until final grade report, though students may always confer with instructor to review. (See “grading” below.)
Provide a title for your entry to serve as a link. The title should indicate your post's content. The title may take the form of a question.
1st paragraph: Introduce and frame a question you want to answer or a topic you want to know more about.
2nd and 3rd paragraphs: Describe your search for answers to your question or topic.
4th paragraph: What is the answer to your question?
These paragraph descriptions are only guidelines, not absolute rules.
You may write more than 4 paragraphs, but more than 6 or 7 paragraphs may push the assignment too far.
Grading schedule: Grades for research posts are not returned until the Final Grade Report
Instead of a grade and extended review for your first post, on receipt of your submission instructor sends a brief email summarizing overall impression of your submission + suggestions for next moves.
Your two research posts together receive a single grade, which appears in your Final Grade Report because your final exam will reference one or both of your Research Posts.
This description may sound tricky, and some students like their grade outcomes better than others, but in several semesters of such assignments I've had no direct complaints—only questions, which you're welcome to ask.
Grading standards: Research Post grades are based on readability, interest, quality of research, and learning.
Your topic may narrow or otherwise transform as you research—OK. Review the change in your post.
Often a student will start a subject that proves too big for the assignment—consider doing it in two parts, or follow where your research leads you and report on your best material.
An author associated with the American Renaissance
A defining historical event or movement relevant to the American antebellum era / American Renaissance
Other artistic, literary, or cultural movements associated with early America
Secondary critical research concerning a work, author, or issue related to our subject. (You would find several critical articles or books relevant to your interest, then summarize what you gained or learned from reviewing them.)
Past student work for the course, or theses concerning
colonial or postcolonial texts:
Additional examples from other courses:
Research Posts 2008 (American Immigrant Literature)
Research Posts 2006 (American Immigrant Literature)
Research Posts 2009 (Colonial-Postcolonial Literature)
Additional examples from other courses:
LITR 5731 Multicultural: American Immigrant:
2008 Research Posts (American Immigrant Literature)
2006 Research Posts (American Immigrant Literature)
LITR 5831 World Literature: Colonial-Postcolonial