Ny unrecognized or under-recognized issue or perpon (writers choice) (see instructions)
The Undiscovered Jewel
The Unrecognized Effort
The purpose of this assignment is to hone your research and argumentative skills in preparation for assignment three, which will be the major research assignment in this course.
-Proficiency in finding suitable research within the USC system
-A sophisticated understanding of types of research articles and publications (e.g., social science, humanities, science, quantitative, qualitative, non-academic, etc.)
-Ability to recognize the complexity of and think critically about academic research
-Ability to assemble diverse research in support of new and compelling assertions (in other words, recognizing that the perfect article/s to support your point might not as yet exist)
-Ability to compose a well-structured and thorough annotated bibliography that can be used for future reference
Determine an unrecognized or under-recognized person, organization (e.g., nonprofit, advocacy-based), creative work, event, research study, trend, or movement (e.g., social, artistic, political, philosophical) that you think deserves deeper exploration and higher recognition. This assignment encourages you to go beyond first impulses and to be innovative as you first consider and then explore something or someone that you think has the potential for broader influence were he/she/it given more recognition.
Consider that you will probably want to avoid choosing those people who received posthumous acclaim (e.g., Herman Melville, Vincent Van Gough, Jean Dominique Bauby, etc.), or whose life/existence it will be impossible to research. You might need to pull from different arenas to assemble a valuable research catalogue. The bulk (more than half) of your research must include academic sources, but you may explore legitimate alternative sources as well. Extensive research on the person or subject you choose might be difficult to find, so a good plan might be to explore comparable movements, works, efforts, or people, as well as what was or is going on socially, in order to assemble an understanding of the subject of your research.
You will consider why your topic of choice has received insufficient recognition as you examine the quality of that work, movement, etc., and what its chances were/are of broader social esteem. You should choose something or someone that you feel has the potential to impact some aspect of our culture in important ways. As always, I recommend that you choose something relevant to your academic, personal, professional, or public life.
This is a two-part assignment that will be a total of 8-10 pages.
The first part (two to three pages) is a thoughtful argument explaining why people in your current academic and/or intended professional field have remained ignorant (or in some cases dismissive) of the topic or person youi??ve chosen to highlight. You must integrate a minimum of three outside sources (academic and, if necessary, non-academici??all cited). The objective is to be succinct as you convince your reader that you have delved into the reasons why something so important could be overlooked. Youi??ll probably want to consider key ingredients (both obvious and subtle) for success and/or esteem in that field.
The second part (five to seven pages) will be an annotated bibliography of related research.
An annotated bibliography is a summary of the contents of each of the sources on a selected topic, here arranged alphabetically by author. Each citation must be formatted according to MLA/APA guidelines. Following each citation, you will have two parts: an objective and non-evaluative synopsis of the complete contents of the source, and then a paragraph-long critique of the source.
Each entry will have two paragraphs:
To synopsize, first read through the source to understand its central idea and the relationship of its supporting parts. Next, in your words, produce a tight paragraph that concisely and accurately captures the governing idea of the source and the main points that support it. In essence, do an informative summary that contains all of, and only, the essential information.
The critique will follow the synopsis in a paragraph of its own. It should analyze what you think are the main strengths and weaknesses of the entry. It may also include a statement about what you believe to be the importance of the outside source in terms of the paper you are writing. In other words, how does the source inform where you believe your paper is heading?
Questions to Consider
Why has your subject gone unrecognized?
What factors (social, institutional, human, etc.) prevented more recognition for your subject?
What factors contribute to high levels of recognition?
What factors should it take for something to receive adequate recognition?
What are/is public awareness and/or sentiment on this subject?
What is the history of the subject?
What group or groups might the subject affect? Are there groups that have already been affected by it?
How did you become aware of the subject?
Is it a i??trendyi?? subject?
Who are/were the leaders in the field and what are their credentials?
How likely is it that the subject will ever receive and/or warrant the attention of larger groups?
Part one should have citations
Following the annotated section, you need a properly formatted reference page
Avoid saying i??in this articlei?? multiple times
The article should be long enough to warrant annotation (e.g., doni??t annotate a three-page article)
Analysis should be rigorousi??not just talk about how it was written
Make sure that entries areni??t too longi??about half of a page for each paragraph, which means about one full page per entry (otherwise, why bother annotating?).
Annotations doni??t have to be included in the short argument and vice-versa
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