Assignments & Grading
Every assignment in this class will lead towards the final research project, an online exhibit and web conference created by students that offers context and interpretive insight and leads to additional resources concerning research into Lumbee history and culture. Students will be divided into study teams of two to focus specifically on one topic that will be assigned by the professor.
Weekly Reflection: Students will complete readings each week in advance of class and will complete written assignments every week that connect the assigned readings to the research projects. Each week, students will post on lumbee.web.unc.edu a 5-6 paragraph reflection that includes the following three parts: 1) briefly summarize the class reading (the sources it used and arguments it presented); 2) list questions that the reading raised for you concerning your own research project; 3) identify ways to answer those questions, i.e. additional sources you will need. You will assign your post a category associated with your research project. In Week 5, this assignment will take a slightly different form (see course schedule). There are nine weekly reflection papers due; they will be graded individually and on a scale from 1-4 (a detailed grading rubric will be posted on Blackboard). The connection between your research topic and the assigned readings will not always be obvious. You should be prepared to think outside the box right from the beginning, not be afraid to ask questions in class, and search in unexpected places for answers to the questions you pose.
Online Exhibit Outline: You and your partner will create an outline of your online exhibit, due March 2 (not Feb. 23, as stated on the printed syllabus). At minimum, the outline should include: 1) 3 primary sources that relate to your topic (we’ll talk more later about what constitutes a primary source, but it can include newspapers, public documents, letters, photographs, audio files, and video, under certain circumstances). An image of each source should be posted on the page; 2) a description of the source and then an outline of the context for the source; 3) an outline of your analysis of the source that briefly explains what it reveals about the research topic, i.e. what questions it answers and how it answers them; 4) citations for the sources and an annotated bibliography (that can include weblinks) for further reading. For some examples of what we mean by online exhibits, see http://thenewsouth.wordpress.com. The purpose of this outline is to demonstrate your ability to assemble the necessary information to begin your research project. The outline should include the best of the questions generated by your weekly reflections and the best sources you have found in the attempt to answer those questions. In other words, it shows off your ability to digest the assigned readings, apply it to your own topic, ask good questions and creatively find answers, possibly in unexpected places. You will have two chances to revise and complete your outline before outside experts will comment on it; revisions are due March 16 and March 30. The outline will be graded on a scale from 1-4 (a detailed grading rubric will be posted on Blackboard).
Final Online Exhibit: The final exhibit is the result of your collaboration with our outside experts. It will be similar in form to the original outline, but should represent a polished piece of work that interprets your subject and offers resources for further study. It will be graded on a scale from 1-4, according to objective #4 of the class, whether it presents a useable archive of research materials and an interpretive launching pad for further research into Lumbee history, one that is authoritative from both scholarly and community perspectives.
Self- and Project Evaluations: As part of the final presentation, you will write a one-page reflection on the research and teamwork process; it will be graded individually. Your reflection should include what you think was the most important part of the process and what you now know that you didn’t know before. You will have an opportunity to comment on your teammate’s contributions to the project. You will also write evaluations of your classmates’ final presentations during the web conference; these will also be graded and shared with the teams you evaluate.
Final Presentation: The final presentation will include study teams’ presentations of their research at a web conference that will include the experts who have consulted with us throughout the semester and invited members of the general public. Your portion should be approximately 10 minutes where you and your teammate share the best of your findings, including documents, secondary source texts, images, audio, video, etc. It will be graded on a pass/fail basis and also evaluated by your classmates (see above).
- Weekly Reflections: 45%
- Webpage Outline: 20%
- Final Webpage: 15%
- Final Presentation: 10%
- Self- and Project Evaluations: 10%