The Global Spanish-Speaking Community (SPAN 2204)
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Final Essay

Final Essay – “The Spanish-Speaking Community”:

For this class, your final essay is not going to be the traditional paper-based essay. Think about it as a multimodal essay in which besides written text, you will be able to add Hyperlinks, images, GIFs, videos, audios, and more (we need to be creative!). Moreover, your work will have a permanent online presence; a compilation of our class’ essays will be made available on Manifold, an open-source platform for publishing.

I know this freedom could be intimidating, but we will make decisions along the way in order to shape this project and decide how the final product/essay is going to look like.

 Topic Proposal: (10%)

First, you will be able to work individually or in pairs (2 people max. – collaboration is encouraged!). Make sure to let me know if you are willing to work with a classmate if you already know who you want to work with, or if you prefer to do it by yourself. Even if you are working with someone, this draft is individual – I want to know more about the main topic(s) you are interested in and how you are approaching them.

Our first step is to recognize the topic/research question that you want to investigate. For this draft, you will have to pitch to 2 topics/ideas.

Topic 1: XXXXXX

  • What do you want to find out about the Spanish-Speaking Community? Create a list of questions – be as specific as possible. Remember that we have limited time during the semester, and we need to be realistic about our time constraints.
  • Contextualization: Why is this topic/research question relevant within The Spanish-Speaking Community?
  • (Possible) Bibliography (at least 5 sources – this section could include readings that we already have done in class or we will do in the future, academic and non-academic articles, other type of sources that are not just text) / MLA style
  • Possible media that you want/need to incorporate: from pictures and images to videos and interviews (how do you think you could complement your essay? What type of media could be helpful to illustrate your ideas?). Add any idea that you have, even if you do not know how

Topic 2: XXXXX – Same guidelines (See topic 1).

Assessment: “Topic Proposal” is 10% of your final grade. Think about this proposal as a starting point – your work will evolve, change, and unfold during the semester, and that is totally ok! This step will help you to start thinking about the project, contextualize it, narrow it down and picture the possible media that will accompany your piece.

Rubric:

Fantastic Good Needs some work
Content (6%): Each topic includes the parts described above. 6-5 4-5 1-4
Frame/Contextualization (2%): there is a coherent narrative between multiple parts (questions, context, sources, and media presented). 2 1 0
Format (2%): Proposal is carefully proofread and neatly formatted. 2 1 0

 

Outline (5%) – Due: Tuesday, Oct. 29 (Send it to me before noon or bring two hard copies to class)

You have to provide an outline of your project. Think about the parts/sections that you are going to include and describe, explain, each one (i.e. what it is the purpose of your “introduction”?)

– Title:

-Introduction / Contextualization: (what is your research question? / What is the purpose of this essay/project?)

– Section 1 …. (feel free to name your sections)

– Section 2…

– Section 3…

– Final remarks / Conclusions:

– Bibliography (updated) – MLA format (make sure to include academic and non-academic sources). At this point, I think that you should have 7-8 sources.

Interviews: If you are conducting interviews, explain the type of interview (video? audio? written?) and submit the questions you are planning to use)

Regarding your media – make sure to indicate in which section is located and described it: images (what are the images portraying and why they are relevant in this specific section), timeline (what are the main events/dates that you are selecting and why they are relevant in this specific section…)

Rubric:

Fantastic Good Needs work
Content & organization (3%): The project is coherently organized by sections/parts and the purpose of each section is clearly explained. 3 2 1
Format (2%): Proposal is carefully proofread and neatly formatted. 2 1 0

 

First Draft (10%)Due: Tuesday, November 26 before class (no grace days allowed with this assignment)

Now that you have received feedback from your classmates and the instructor, it is time to keep up with your research and start your writing process:

Here you have the index we have created as a class to envision our final essays by themes/topics: INDEX

Here you have some important documents that may help with your final essay/project:

  • Release form – IMPORTANT! (voice recordings, the use of quotes, and photographs, movies or videotapes) – Hard copies of the form will be distributed in class.
  • Interviewsstep by step guide
  • Timeline – Visit this Timeline JS site – you will be able to find a tutorial and examples.
  • Do you/we need anything else?

Think about your first draft as a close version of the final product, but a version that allows modifications. You are going to receive feedback from your classmates and to will have the opportunity to ask for recommendations/suggestions regarding the content and context of your final essay.

Rubric:

Fantastic Good Needs work
Content (5%): The purpose of the essay is clearly introduced, and the essay supports it with an articulate argumentation.
6-5 5-4 1-4
Frame/Contextualization (2%): there is a coherent narrative between multiple parts (questions, context, sources, and media presented). 2 1 0
Format (2%): First draft is carefully proofread and neatly formatted (including bibliography – MLA) 2 1 0

 

Feedback (5%): During class, students will give feedback to (at least) two other students.

Rubric:

Fantastic Needs work
Give an overview response to the essay. Explain what works well and explain why. (2%) 2 1
Make concrete/specific suggestions and recommendations that can help the writer to re-write the first version of the paper (3%) 3 2-1

 

Second Draft/Final version: (10%): Due Saturday, Dec. 7th at noon (at the latest).

Rubric:

Fantastic Good Needs work
Content (5%): The purpose of the essay is clearly introduced, and the purpose is supported with an articulate argumentation. 6-5 5-4 1-4
Frame/Contextualization (2%): there is a coherent narrative between multiple parts (questions, context, sources – including academic journal article, and media presented). 2 1 0
Format (2%): Essay is carefully proofread and neatly formatted (including bibliography – MLA) 2 1 0

Presentation (10%) – Tuesday, Dec. 10th.

Rubric:

Fantastic Good Needs work
Content (4%): the presenter clearly introduces and exposes his/her/their research and illustrates the work that has been carried out. 4 3-2 1-0
Coherence (3%): there is a logical and easy to follow organization by the presenter. 3 2 1-0
Engagement (2%): The presenter is in dialog with the audience (from keeping eye contact, to using media and asking questions). 2 1 0
Time (1%): The presenter takes around 5 min. approx. to talk about and share his/her/their research. 1 0 0

 

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