Analysis Assignment Directions
summary of each source (at least six) due 3/31
analysis of each source (at least six) due 4/2
Analysis (7-9 pages) draft 1 due 4/5
Analysis final draft due 4/7
In this writing you and your collaborative group will
begin by deciding which issue you are going to pursue
for the rest of the quarter. Once you have made your choice
you will further explore the question(s) you raise by
finding and analyzing at least six outside articles that
offer different views. The purpose of this analysis is
to help you use writing to think through the multiple
perspectives people have on the issue you have chosen,
and especially to think through why people have so many
different perspectives. Though you dont have to
answer all of these, the following are some deliberative
questions to consider incorporating into this assignment.
You should also be asking your own questions as you read
individuals, groups, or communities would you consider
to be stakeholders in this issue?
are some of the major perspectives they hold on this
motivates them to see or believe in the perspectives
did this issue come from: what history of experiences
and debates led to this becoming an issue?
different experiences do various stakeholders, including
yourselves, bring to this issue, and how do these experiences
help shape these perspectives?
implications or consequences are there for individuals
who hold these various views?
How might these implications or consequences affect
society at large?
there any places where perspectives overlap or agree
on things? Where are these agreements and why do they
points in the various arguments you have read are most
important to consider in formulating your own position
on this issue?
more do you want to find out about this issue?
is important to recognize that this writing assignment
is most likely different from any that you have done before.
Its purpose is not to prove that you can do library research.
Instead, it is an opportunity for you to explore and critically
investigate the multiple and complex perspectives that
people hold on your issue so that you will be able to
deliberate about your own position. Dont just settle
for the first related articles you find, but instead focus
on finding sources that will help you more fully understand
the disagreements over the issue you have chosen. Consider
the questions above carefully when you begin to read and
write. In addition to your six outside articles, you may
also want to draw upon other sources, such as interviews,
movies, surveys, images, and personal experience.
this writing should include a discussion of how this research
can help you to revise and develop the ideas and opinions
your group originally decided to investigate. In light
of this material and your new understandings, what new
questions and ideas do you have? What directions do you
see your group pursuing in the final project?