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Copy of Introduction to Project 2

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Stephanie Derisi

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From Project 1 to Project 2...
Should compare your sources and to determine how, why, and when a claim is made.
Should set up a specific change over time related to your topic
Should make connections among your sources
Should demonstrate how your topic's conversation has developed based on what your sources are arguing.
Project 2: What They Say: Tracing Conversations over Time
An essential element for understanding academic discourse is acknowledging that these arguments happen in conjunction with each other. This theory was first posited by Kenneth Burke, who proposed the following metaphor for academic discussions:

Kenneth Burke's Parlor
"Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before.

​You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer him; another comes to your defense; another aligns himself against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent, depending on the quality of your ally’s assistance. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress. ” McMillen & Hill, 2004, p. 6.
Why does this matter?

This conception of academic discourse urges those who are attempting to make an argument to first gain a clear understanding of the ongoing conversation surrounding a topic, then attempt to make a claim with the claims of those who have come before in mind. It also suggests that these conversations can shift, focusing on different aspects of a particular topic at different times. By understanding these shifts in conversation, one becomes more effective rhetorically.
Introduction to Project 2
For this project, you will draw from and evaluate your six sources from Project 1, then narrow those six sources down to four (two sources published between 2000 and 2010 and two sources published between 2011 and 2015) that demonstrate change or lack of change in perspective over time.

Research Question and Thesis/Focus
The thesis of Project 2 should demonstrate an understanding of how the scholarly conversation has changed or not changed over time. Project 2 is a bridge between projects 1 and 3. Students will further develop their Project 1 research question to reflect the evolution of their research process as it moves from an annotated bibliography to an evidence-based academic essay.


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