How Does Online Infidelity Affect Relationships? 1/6 ILR260: Week One: Project Introduction Assignment Instructions Length: 100-200 words (no

How Does Online Infidelity Affect Relationships? 1/6

ILR260: Week One: Project Introduction Assignment Instructions

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.

Identifying Sources I

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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 much-

debated 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-us-

stupid/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 detail and 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 as part of

that progression).

Integration of

news or web

source follows only

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

only one 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

understanding of

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-level errors

and awkwardness of

expression, but not

of such frequency

and severity 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.

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