Draft of Introduction Due: Monday 12/3
Rough Draft Due: Wednesday 12/5
Final Draft Due: Monday 12/10
What does it mean to be a maker? Considered today, the title of Maxwell Griffith's The Gadget Maker (1956) evokes maker culture, and its setting at MIT depicts a STEM student before the acronym was as prominent as it is in 2018. By contrast, in the title of Jennine Capó Crucet's Make Your Home Among Strangers, the emphasis falls upon home. One could argue that both novels present views of "making" that are different, but at times overlap, and do so in ways that can inform our perspective today. Your final paper will make an argument along these lines, asserting an argument about what one or both of these novels can teach us about "making" and "maker culture."
Logistics: Your essay must be at least 750 words. You will need to select a narrow focus that you can analyze in depth. It may help to examine a particular character, moment, or set of moments in the novel. Tracing the use of a word or phrase in the text might also help to focus and anchor your analysis.
You will need to select a narrow focus so that you can present a compelling argument in a short span of time which you will support with careful analysis of quotations from Griffith or other texts that we read and quotations or points from primary and secondary sources you have located. Primary sources include poems, stories, photographs, or interviews. Secondary sources include newspaper or journal articles. At least two of your sources must be peer reviewed journal articles. You must use parenthetical citations in your essay to acknowledge ideas from sources as you refer to them. Use the templates for incorporating and analyzing quotations in They Say/I Say. You can search the NYIT library's website and their databases for journal articles. You can also join and search the databases at the New York Public Library.
Topics you might investigate as you begin your research include: maker culture, current issues in and research addressing STEM and STEAM education, other work by Griffith, responses to Griffith's novel, MIT at the time in which Griffith's novel is set, current issues in thinking about "the college experience," and responses to Make Your Home Among Strangers or Crucet's other work.
The rough and final drafts of your essays must be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font, and demonstrate correct use of MLA style. You must include a list of works cited and cite all images you have used and sources you have consulted, including webpages.
You must upload your rough and final drafts to Blackboard at least thirty minutes before class on the dates indicated above.
Your essay will be assessed using the following criteria:
Exceptional. A thought-provoking essay, clearly written and carefully argued, demonstrating creativity and thorough engagement with texts.
- The essay supports a focused thesis, considering its implications.
- Quotations are analyzed and incorporated effectively, functioning as a part of sentences.
- Topic sentences support the thesis and state what each paragraph argues.
- The essay demonstrates creativity, approaching the topic in a new way, carefully reading texts and interpreting evidence.
- Sentences throughout demonstrate skillful, engaging use of language.
- The essay's title draws in readers, introducing them to the essay's argument.
- The conclusion draws the argument to a close, makes a connection to a new context, and suggesting directions for future research.
- The essay demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate.
- Images (when relevant) are effectively incorporated, interpreted, and cited.
- The essay demonstrates correct use of grammar, punctuation, and MLA style (including a list of works cited).
Strong. Essay contains a thesis, supported by analysis of quotations and examples.
- The implications of the thesis could be considered further.
- The organization of ideas could be stronger.
- Quotations could be more fully analyzed.
- Conclusion could consider further future directions for research.
- Topic sentences could more effectively address what each paragraph argues.
- Essay could demonstrate further revision and proofreading, including demonstration of MLA style (and list of works cited).
Satisfactory. The essay is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The essay reflects moderate engagement with the topic. It contains errors in use of grammar, punctuation, or MLA style (and list of works cited).
Underdeveloped. The essay is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The post reflects passing engagement with the topic. It contains many errors in use of grammar, punctuation, or MLA style.
Limited. The essay is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.
No Credit. The essay is missing or consists of disconnected sentences. It demonstrates plagiarism: presenting others' ideas as your own, pasting content from sources (including websites), or drawing on such content without citing it.
Adapted from https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/a-rubric-for-evaluating-student-blogs/27196