ARTS 1301 Museum Paper Assignment
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Since the 1990s, a large number of articles discussing alternative research assignments began appearing in first-year writing/composition scholarship. In 2000, for instance, Robert Davis and Mark Shadle surmise that the majority of first-year writing/composition programs still require instruction in the traditional research paper (417). They point out, though, that the research paper assignment, especially as presented in research writing textbooks, “reinforce[d] unoriginal writing” (418). So, in their article, Davis and Shadle propose a number of alternative research assignments, which they argue offer students more opportunities for engagement and pleasure in research and writing processes than the traditional research paper (418). Authors of publications appearing since 2000 have tended to support Davis and Shadle’s position. This scholarship, which usually reports results from a small number of first-year writing/composition classes on a single college or university campus, suggests a more widespread trend; however, a nation-wide study exploring the extent to which these discrete, local reports reflect more general acceptance of alternative research assignments has not been conducted. The present study was designed to perform that work.
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After you have read and considered the guiding questions, you need to begin a careful analysis of the data. There is no right or wrong answer in this assignment: instead, you will be graded on how well you support your conclusions. The paper should be no more than three pages, double spaced. Here is aTo successfully complete this assignment, you need, first of all, to study the model--Sherman'sMarch--with great care, outlining its basic characteristics, then, replicating these characteristicsin your own work. Although it is possible to get the assignment wrong--construct a paper thatdoesn't generate artistic and knowledge effects by juxtaposing autobiographical and analyticalmaterials--your primary concern shouldn't be to "get it right." If you say to me, "I'm not reallysure what you want on this paper," then you've missed the whole point of the assignment. What Iwant from your paper is what I want from all mass-media art. I want to be simultaneouslyentertained and informed. Make something that fulfills the assignment in a surprising or creativesort of way; show readers what mass-media art (or more specifically the thing you love) has toteach us about writing wonderful papers.