Stretch 101 Projects

FALL SEMESTER

Project One: Personal Essay/Photo Essay Project (15 pts)

A brief paper (750-1000 words) in which you will use a photograph, picture, or some other visual aid to help you explore some problematic or significant experience in your life in a way that is meaningful for someone else. (Download it.)

Project Two: Review Project (15 pts)

A paper (1000-1500 words) in which you will evaluate a restaurant, film, book, game, or some other item or form of popular entertainment for an audience, using criteria that are reasonable and appropriate for the context and thing you are evaluating. (Download it.)

Project Three: Critical Argument (15 pts)

A paper (1000-1500 words) in which you will show your ability to summarize, analyze, and synthesize various readings from class with your own in order to make a persuasive claim about a specific social issue. (Download it.)

Self-Evaluation/Revision Project (15 pts)

One of the three projects, systematically and thoroughly revised; as well as completion of the first-semester, self-evaluation assignment.


SPRING SEMESTER

Project Four: Profile (10 pts)

A brief paper (750-1000 words) in which you interview and then describe someone who belongs to an educational, professional, or social group that you find interesting but do not belong to yourself. This person may belong to group you end up focusing on in Project Five, but that is not necessary. (Download it.)

Project Five: Ethnographic Research Project (15 pts)

A research paper (1250 – 1500 words) in which you a will observe, analyze and explore a subculture in the community, and provide an interpretation as to how and why this subculture views some aspect of the world in a particular way. (Download it.)

Project Six: Proposal (15 pts)

A longer paper (1000-1500 words) in which you will propose a solution to a problem or issue that emerged as you were doing your ethnographic research, providing clear reasoning and evidence in order to persuade someone else that your solution has the potential to be effective. (Download it.)

Final Portfolio Project (35 pts)

Two of the six projects, systematically and thoroughly revised; as well as completion of the second-semester, self-evaluation assignment.