Research Project 1: Data Collection in the Summer Reading Book
Using Two Lenses
Lens 1: Science and Mathematics
Lens 2: Your choice - choose a theme or topic that re-occurs in the book.
Here are some examples of just a few of the many themes/topics that re-occur in the book. I encourage you to be creative and find a lens that you are interested in.
Role of a Wife
Part A (Research Notes)
Research the occurrences of each lens
in the book. For each occurrence, write down the page number
(or range of page numbers)
and briefly summarize the connections in your own words.
The Google book
search inside feature may be helpful in finding some references
but additional connections can only be found
by skimming back through the text.
These research notes may be informally written.
For example, if I choose silence as a lens, then a portion of my notes
p. 69: Laura breaks her long-held silence about her objections to the move.
Chapter headings: Pappy is the only regular adult
who does not have his own chapter - in this way he is silent in the book,
even though his voice and actions come through loud and clear through
the other character's voices.
Part B (Analysis)
In a publication-quality typed exposition,
the author's treatment of each lens in the book
(maximum of 1/2 page single-spaced for each lens).
Your project needs to be in your own words.
Part B needs to be typed and printed.
Utilize single-spacing to save paper.
This is an individual project but I am always happy to help and
you can also obtain help at the
Connection to the Course and General
Education Goals for FYS
Builds research skills
Utilizes two modes of inquiry
In addition, this project connects to the following objectives:
I. A. Recognize, differentiate, and effectively employ appropriate and increasingly sophisticated strategies to collect and interpret information;
II. B. Use writing effectively to discover and develop ideas and to articulate positions in contexts of increasingly complexity;
IV. C. Collaborate effectively with others in a shared process of inquiry and problem-solving.
You will have the opportunity to revise lens 2 using my suggestions,
and this revision will count as 50% of the project grade (with the original
version counting 50%).
In addition, you will work with a group during class to
compare and contrast your lens 1 research and analysis.