com 495 - final project guidelines
i'm currently in day three of grading final projects for com 495. more than ever before, i gave the most bare-bones instructions for the final project. the idea was to let students define their own final projects and explore questions that they, not i, was obsesssed about.
my mantra - chanted over and over again, from the very first lecture to when the last slice of pizza was eaten on the very last day - was: follow your curiosity.
com 495: final project instructions.i am halfway finished grading the projects and they are, without a doubt, among the most creative projects i have received in my 10+ years of teaching college students.
- pick any topic that a) relates to the 1960s and b) fascinates you.
- you must include at least one paragraph describing the project. this should include a clear statement of your research question or questions.
- integrate into your project at least 7-10 sources. sources should be clearly marked (author, title, publication); sources should be fully discussed; and sources must be compiled into a bibliography.
- the project must include at least 2-3 non-print artifacts (images, sounds, videos, smells) from the time period you are examining.
- the project should be the best thing you have done during your college career.
- the project must include at least one use of the word "I" (or, in the case of group projects, "we") in relation to why this topic interests you. ex: "i chose this topic because i ..."
- the project should contain zero mistakes. spell check. edit. edit again. read it out loud. have a friend read it. have a classmate read it. read it to your parents. and then edit again.