Research Project 1: Data Collection in the Summer Reading Book Using Two Lenses

Lens 1: Science and Mathematics

Lens 2: Your choice - choose a theme or topic that re-occurs in the book.
Here are some examples of just a few of the many themes/topics that re-occur in the book. I encourage you to be creative and find a lens that you are interested in.
  • Alcohol
  • Being Bound
  • Economics
  • Farming
  • Infant Mortality
  • Racism
  • Role of a Wife
  • Silence

    Part A (Research Notes) Research the occurrences of each lens in the book. For each occurrence, write down the page number (or range of page numbers) and briefly summarize the connections in your own words. The Google book search inside feature may be helpful in finding some references but additional connections can only be found by skimming back through the text. These research notes may be informally written. For example, if I choose silence as a lens, then a portion of my notes could resemble:
    p. 69: Laura breaks her long-held silence about her objections to the move.
    Chapter headings: Pappy is the only regular adult character who does not have his own chapter - in this way he is silent in the book, even though his voice and actions come through loud and clear through the other character's voices.

    Part B (Analysis) In a publication-quality typed exposition, briefly summarize the author's treatment of each lens in the book (maximum of 1/2 page single-spaced for each lens).

    Your project needs to be in your own words. Part B needs to be typed and printed. Utilize single-spacing to save paper.
    This is an individual project but I am always happy to help and you can also obtain help at the university writing center.

    Connection to the Course and General Education Goals for FYS
    Builds research skills
    Utilizes two modes of inquiry
    In addition, this project connects to the following objectives:
    I. A. Recognize, differentiate, and effectively employ appropriate and increasingly sophisticated strategies to collect and interpret information;
    II. B. Use writing effectively to discover and develop ideas and to articulate positions in contexts of increasingly complexity;
    IV. C. Collaborate effectively with others in a shared process of inquiry and problem-solving.

    Revision Opportunity

    You will have the opportunity to revise lens 2 using my suggestions, and this revision will count as 50% of the project grade (with the original version counting 50%). In addition, you will work with a group during class to compare and contrast your lens 1 research and analysis.