Honors American Literature
The Expert Project: A Year-Long Inquiry into One Subject
This year you have explored and researched a topic of interest. You have become an expert. Now is the time to share your insights and explain the implications of your findings.
Write a feature article about your topic that will:
- provide background information or history (when did people become concerned / interested about this issue?)
- explain how this topic affects us today (why are people interested now? why should we care?)
- summarize and synthesize your findings over the course of the year to explain the current trends of your topic.
- project future developments and implications
- Cite to 8 - 12 articles in the above section using MLA format. Paraphrase or use quotes.
- Include at least one interview of a person relevant to your topic. Work 3-5 quotes from the interview into your article.
The above content can be organized in any way. In addition you will be graded on the following style elements:
- Explain your topic clearly using an academic tone (use diction specific to your topic)
- Blend style of writing to appeal to ethos, pathos, logos - include 3 of the following:
narration, exposition, definition, description, comparison)
See Modes of Writing
- Organize your article in a journalistic fashion, use:
- An attention getting synopsis. The synopsis provides the reader with information about the content of the text. The synopsis is usually referred to as the 'Stand Out' or ' Write Off'.
- Your name in the byline along with (Per in parentheses) & Date below it
- Titles and subtitles in bold
- Quotes from sources you used to learn about your topic
- Subtitles block quotes of important content you want to emphasize
- Pictures, photographics, cartoons
- Infographics or graphs in a breakout box. A breakout box appears next to the news report and provides readers with related factual information about the topic. Information in the breakout box includes the use of technical terms, explanations, graphics, and statistics.
- Include all works cited and consulted during your course of study in a works cited page using correct MLA format.
- Articles should be 2000 - 3000 words long
- 10 - 12 point font for main article Ariel or Times New Roman - smaller and larger fonts used for Titles & subtitles
- Uses a variety of sentence lengths
You have written an article. Now you need to choose a creative venue in which to present your project. You may summarize your most important findings and implications in a:
- pamphlet / brochure (need a copy for all students) You can use copier on campus if you bring paper
- Google presentation you present to class
- Mock News Presentation
- Game in which students learn some of the findings you discovered
- other ideas - see me
Each creative presentation will be accompanied by a 2-5 minute introduction in which you explain your purpose and information.