Project #16958 - Critical Thinking

This is a 3 part lesson 1.  Readers Log, 2. Final Project Planning and 3. Final Project Paper


Getting Ready for the Final Project

The Final Project for CRE101 will be due in the next lesson. You will have your choice of three options, and at this point in the class, it is time to think about what you want to do, and propose a plan for getting the work done.

First, you will explore the various options for the Final Project.

Note: You can propose alternative presentation methods or variations on these themes, but you need to alert your instructor as part of this lesson's assessment!

Option 1: Digital Futures

In this project, you will explore the future of digital technologies by choosing a specific technology that you're interested in (video games, the Internet, social media, etc.) and researching what the experts say is the future of your chosen technology. You'll also reflect on the types of literacies that might be necessary in the future in order to critically read and engage the technology that you chose.

You will present the results of your research in a 4-6-page, double-spaced paper in MLA format, and include a minimum of three external sources that discuss the future of the medium that you selected.

Option 2: Reading Popular Culture

Choose a popular culture event or artifact that interests you enough to drive a careful analysis. You should select a topic that can be narrowed down to a clear thesis. Once you have your topic, you'll be asked to research it and draw conclusions from the trends you see over time. Some sample topics follow:

  • This project will examine Barbie advertisements from the 1970s to the present to show how the doll has moved from a fashion archetype to a more practical, career-oriented toy that encourages young girls.
  • The Simpsons has gone through many changes, but the most successful episodes are the ones that tackle current political events. However, is there a political bias that is present when one compares and contrasts a politically-driven episode from the Bush era with one from the Obama era?
  • Reality TV is everywhere, but where did it come from? Some argue that the first reality show was MTV's The Real World from the 1990s; however, few remember that reality TV first captivated audiences in 1973 when PBS featured its show, The American Family. The rhetoric of that landmark show will be contrasted with a reading of a modern family show in order to draw inferences about the changes to the genre.

You will present the results of your research in a 4-6-page, double-spaced paper in MLA format that includes a minimum of three external sources that discuss the future of the medium that you selected.


Option 3: Research, Read, Design

This project offers you the chance to revise the rhetorical mistakes of the past. Think of an issue that interests you and has gained the interest of others enough to be conveyed in a cartoon/comic, audio/video, or other medium. You will be asked to write a short analysis of the text that you choose, including information about how others responded to the text. Then, you'll have the chance to revise the text into a more effective format. For your consideration, some sample ideas follow:

  • Flaws and Fallacies: Find a commercial, comic, or other text that commits a fallacy or other flawed reasoning. Describe the text in a short analysis before revising a text to correct the issue that you saw in your reading. Conclude with a short explanation of how you want your audience to respond to your revision.
  • Revised History: Find a text that refers to a decision or event in history that could have (or should have) turned out differently. For example, perhaps you'd like to analyze the conflict behind the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. There were hundreds of designs that were pitched. Did they select the right one? In this case, you'd research the selected design, research alternatives, write an analysis of the texts that you discovered, and design a new solution. Conclude with a short explanation of how you want your audience to respond to your revision.
  • You may choose another direction, as well!

This project will consist of 1-2 pages that describe the text that you plan to revise (in MLA format), a design for a solution (either drawn or written), and 1-2 pages that describe how you'd like your audience to read your revision.


Graded Assignments

  1. Reader's log:


Think back on the textual innovations that you have seen in this lesson.

  • In the “Lesson 13: Reader’s Log” discussion, you will share your thoughts about these emerging media. You can focus on one in detail, or select a couple to discuss more generally.
  • As part of your discussion, consider the critical strategies that you would use in order to analyze the information. Also remember to reply to a post left by one other member of the class.
  1. Final Project Planning


Using the choices provided in the lesson, select a topic for your Final Project.

  • Write a paragraph that describes your reason for selecting the topic.
  • Write an additional paragraph that describes your plan to find the information that you'll need in order to complete the project.
  • Conclude by proposing a completion schedule, keeping in mind the due date for the Final Project. 
  • Final Project


Using the guidelines that were provided in the lesson, compose your Final Project.

  • Projects should be typed, double-spaced, and formatted with an MLA-style heading. 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/16/2013 12:00 am
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