Length: 100-200 words (not including citation and any quoted matter that you may choose
to include)
Due: End of Week One. Submit your work through the Assignments link in the drop-down
menu in the “Course Work” tab on the top-frame navigation bar in the course.
Preparation: Please first review the Final Research Project assignment and any feedback you
received from your instructor and your peers on your project plan (submitted in the Week
One: Discussion 1: Research Project Planning discussion forum). Please also complete the
News Search practice activity (optional, but recommended) and the Web Search Activity (an
assignment also due in Week One), and review the materials in the Week One lectures and
tutorials on identifying sources. (http://info260.hcommons.org/?p=30 ).
Purpose: The goal of this writing assignment is to help you develop and communicate an
introductory knowledge of your topic. In writing the Project Introduction, you will
strengthen your own sense of the inquiry you are conducting, and you will develop a piece
of introductory writing that you will likely be able to revise and re-use in later versions of
the project.
Writing: This writing assignment will serve as your first submission of edited prose in
ILR260. Use complete sentences, correct spelling and punctuation, etc.
Contents: Your submission for this assignment should consist of a single paragraph that
introduces your topic and research question. Within this paragraph you will concisely
reference a web or news source that helps you set up your question for readers. You will
also provide a correctly formatted APA citation for this source (if you are a humanities
major—for example, English, Philosophy, Art, etc.— use MLA ).
The type of source you reference is up to you. A news source can provide you with data to
help establish the scope or significance of the question you are pursuing. A reliable website
can provide similar data, or an expert opinion, or some key terms. Even an unreliable
website can be useful in an introduction: for example, it might provide you with an example
of a type of misinformation or fear-mongering that swirls around your topic.
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Checklist tool: Here is a checklist you can use to construct your introduction one step at a
time:
• Write at least one sentence introducing the general topic.
o Note: Be careful not to make #1 overly broad (“The Internet has brought many
changes to American society”).
o Note: Avoid clichéd openings (for example: “In today’s society…,” “Throughout
history…”).
• Write at least one sentence introducing the narrowed topic.
• Write at least one sentence in which you reference a news source or web source.
o Note: Remember that in this class we are using a combination of academic
citation and journalistic/everyday citation, so do not simply drop a
parenthetical citation into the introductory paragraph. There should be
something in the actual sentence or sentences leading up to the citation that
identifies the source. (Examples appear farther down on this page. See also
this week’s reading on identifying sources.)
o Note: It’s up to you where this appears in the paragraph. In the examples
below the source reference appears around the middle of the paragraph, but a
source reference might also work well as an attention-grabbing paragraph
opener.)
o Note: The opening paragraph of a research paper needn’t always contain a
source reference. This requirement has been built into the Project Introduction
assignment because 1) a source reference is often a useful addition to an
introduction, and 2) source-integration is challenging, so we need to begin
practicing this skill early in the course.
• Present your research question.
• Include a complete and correct citation for the source you’ve cited
o Note: We will practice news source citation (optional activity) and web source
citation during Week One. If you’re unsure of how to cite a source, ask! One of
the purposes of ILR 260 is to help you navigate the complexities of academic
citation.
Examples
Here are two examples of Project Introductions:
EXAMPLE 1
Sofia Student ILR 260
The first video games emerged in the late 1970s with poor graphics and a low amount of
depicted violence. Since then, video games have become much more violent with far more
sophisticated graphics making the games seem almost lifelike. This has prompted concerns
from the media and mental health professionals–concerns that frequently resurface in the
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wake of school shootings. For example, following a 2006 school shooting in Montreal, the
Associated Press reported that the shooter had been “fascinated” by the video game “Super
Columbine Massacre” (“Columbine game ‘fascinated killer,’” 2006). Did violent video game
play lead this young man to go to school with a gun? Is there a cause- and-effect
relationship between video game violence and real-life violence and aggression?
Columbine game ‘fascinated killer’. (September 15, 2006 ). Yorkshire Post. Retrieved from
www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic
EXAMPLE 2
Sam Student ILR 260
Media consumption has changed: Train and airline passengers are now more likely to be
watching a video or tapping out messages on a phone than reading a book or newspaper,
and the traditional letter is a historical artifact, replaced by email, which itself seems
increasingly fusty compared with texting. Many internet users have begun to experience the
uncomfortable sense that the internet is affecting not just how they access information, but
their capacity for sustained and careful attention. Is it possible that the increasing
dominance of short-form and visual types of communication in our daily lives is weakening
our capacity for creating and comprehending lengthier and more substantive forms of
communication, such as in-depth articles, historical novels, and detailed reports? In a muchdebated 2008 article the media critic Nicholas Carr posed this provocative question: Is
Google making us stupid? Google does not represent the entire internet, and “stupid” is a
strong word. But the question remains: Is the internet reducing our attention spans and
thereby reducing our capacity for deep thinking?
Carr, N. (2008, July 1). Is Google making us stupid? The Atlantic. Retrieved from
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-usstupid/306868/
Submitting your work
Please submit your work as a file attachment. Be sure to submit your file in .doc/.docx
format. This format remains the standard for sharing word-processing files in school and
most workplaces. If you’re using a program other than Microsoft Word and are not sure how
to save in .doc, do a quick web search for help. For example, search for Pages save as .doc
or Google Docs save as .doc). Don’t forget to include your name at the top of your
document.
Grading Information
*Note: Points will be deducted for deviations from assignment requirements/specifications.
Greater deviations will result in greater deductions. Per course policy, scores of 50% and
higher are reserved for submissions that attempt to meet assignment
requirements/specifications. (See descriptions of levels of achievement on the required
criteria for this assignment below).
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A range B range C range D range F range
Clear, concise,
and compelling
introduction of
topic and
research
question.
Clear introduction
of topic and
research question.
Introduction is overly
general or somewhat
unclear. It may not
fully align with the
ersearch question.
Introduction
presents more
than one research
question, or is
written in a way
that makes the
topic and/or
research question
hard to
understand (e.g.,
there may be
internal
contradictions, or
the various parts
of the paragraph
may point in
different
directions.)
Significant
problems with
presentation of
topic and
research
question.
Identification of
news or web
source follows
assignment
specifications in
every detail and
is correct, clear,
precise, and
succinct.
Identification of
news or web
source follows
assignment
specifications and
is correct, clear,
and targeted.
Identification of news
or web source mostly
follows assignment
specifications;
identification is
partially incorrect,
imprecise, or
confusing.
Identification of
news or web
source follows
only some
assignment
specifications;
identification is
incorrect,
imprecise, or
confusing.
Identification
of news or
web source
deviates from
assignment
specifications.
(E.g., source
is identified
only
parentheticall
y
.)
Integration of
news or web
source follows
assignment
specifications in
every detailand is
smoothly and
elegantly
handled.
Integration of
news or web
source follows
assignment
specifications and
is competently
handled.
Integration of news
or web source mostly
follows assignment
specifications;
handling is
somewhat awkward
(e.g., it may disrupt
the progression of
the introduction
rather than
functioning aspart of
that progression).
Integration of
news or web
source followsonly
some assignment
specifications;
handling is
confusing, or
exhibits other
significant
problems.
Integration of
news or web
source
completely
deviates from
assignment
specifications.
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Citation is correct
and complete in
every detail.
Citation exhibits
onlyone or two
very minor
deviations from
the expected
format.
Citation contains
more-than-minor
deviations from the
expected format.
Citation is missing
one or several key
components and
may deviate in
parts from the
expected format.
Citation is
missing most
key
components
and completely
deviates from
expected
format.
Demonstrates
high confidence
in use of
Standard English;
language reflects
a practiced
and/or refined
understandingof
syntax, phrasing
and word use.
Conveys a good
grasp of Standard
English; the writer
is clear in their
attempt to
articulate ideas,
but may
demonstrate
moments of “flat”
or unrefined
language.
Presence of
sentence-levelerrors
and awkwardness of
expression, but not
of such frequency
andseverity as to
significantly impede
comprehensibility.
Awkward
expression and
sentence-level
errors occur
frequently, often
impeding
comprehensibility.
Awkward
expression and
sentence-level
errors occur
throughout and
significantly
impedes
comprehensibili
ty.