Group Project Instructions

Rough Draft Due Date: Sat, Jan 21 11:59 PM EST
Final Due Date: Wed, Jan 25 11:59 PM EST

Purpose: Create a summary of your assigned learning path to present the class.  You should focus on clarity and simplicity–the purpose of the presentation is to help teach the other students the fundamentals of the texts you read for your learning path.  This assignment focuses on understanding the arguments of each reading and the thematic connections between the texts.


Each project will consist of four sections: Introduction, Vocabulary List, Summaries and Critiques, and Themes.  Descriptions of these sections are available in the details section below and in the project template emailed to you when groups were announced.


To complete this project, there needs to be good organization from the very beginning.  All groups should communicate by email or chat (chat preferred) on Fri, Jan 13.  Both ooVoo and tinychat are two video chat programs that are easy to use.  Facebook also provides some alternatives.  You may also find Google Chat a good alternative.  Most of these programs provide text chat boxes along with the video chat, for those of you with no camera or microphone.

Each group will have 4-6 members (depending on how preferences break down) and each member should take on a specific role:

  • Coordinator: Responsible for organizing meetings and writing the Introduction to the project.  [I suggest the person who manages to get you to meet on the 13th might be a good choice ;).]  Might possibly share duty on another Summary and Critique section.
  • Proofreader: Responsible for correcting any grammar/spelling errors in the project and writing a Summary and Critique section.  Might potentially share duty on another Summary and Critique section.
  • Vocab Builder: Responsible for compiling vocab and writing Summary and Critique section.  Might potentially share duty on another Summary and Critique section.
  • Theme Tracker: Responsible for writing Theme section and a Summary and Critique section.  Might potentially share duty on another Summary and Critique section.
  • Writer:  Responsible for writing more than one Summary and Critique section.

Please Note:  These roles are guidelines and should be treated as such.  Break up the work of the group in whatever works best for all group members.

@ First Meeting

  1. Decide respective roles
  2. Create tentative work schedule
  3. Email schedule to instructor by Sat, Jan 14 11:59 PM EST

Rough Draft

The rough draft should have all Summaries and Critiques sections completed.  Introduction, Vocabulary List, and Themes sections should be in at least rough form.  Current drafts of the group project will be checked on Sun, Jan 22nd.

Final Draft

The finalized draft of the group presentation should be posted on the main course site by 11:59 PM EST on Weds, Jan 25th.  The text of the project should be copied from the Google Doc into the post.  Formatting will be needed, so I suggest letting someone who is familiar with blogging and possibly even html do the posting.

Full Details

Introduction: In this section, explain the general topic of your learning path and give a basic overview of the different positions the writers below take on the topic. Word Count: 400-600 (roughly two paragraphs)

Vocabulary List: In this section, provide a comprehensive list of important terms, concepts, and theories with definitions.  Should include at least 5 terms, concepts, or theories.

Summaries and Critique:  Under the title of each reading, provide a summary and critique of the reading.

In the summary section, give a brief overview of the central argument of the reading and the most important evidence (if any) provided for the argument. Word Count: no more than 300 words (roughly one paragraph)

In the critique section, react to the argument given in the summary section.  This can be positive, negative, or both.  Provide support for the critique by referring to other readings specific to the learning path, in general, or both. Word Count: 400-600 (roughly one to two paragraphs).

Themes: This section should act as a conclusion to the project by reflecting on the connections (and disconnections) between the different readings.  Identify reoccurring ideas and major disagreements. Word Count: 400-600 (roughly two paragraphs).

Authors:  Provide a list of all the students working on the project.  Names should be listed in alphabetical order in the following format: Name (Role).  Use usernames only (no full names).


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