Final Project Overview and Timeline
Final Project Overview
The final project for ETH 125 is a 1,400- to 1,750-word autobiographical research paper on race in your community. The CheckPoints and assignments in class are designed to stimulate your awareness of cultural diversity issues, so, as you craft your final paper, think about how and where these issues exist within your community. Consult with your instructor regarding any questions about project requirements.
Your final project should be formatted according to APA guidelines, and contain the following elements:
- An introduction and a thesis statement
- A body with supporting evidence and in-text citations
- A conclusion
- A reference list with at least three sources
Final Project Timeline
You should budget your time wisely and work on your paper throughout the course. The following is a summary of suggested steps you can take during the course to complete your project:
- Suggested in Week One: Review additional final project requirements in Week Nine of the Syllabus. Begin thinking about how you define your own community in terms of race. Who are the members, leaders, and organizations in your community?
- Suggested in Week Two: Identify three sources for your final project. Sources may include texts, work manuals, news channels, and articles from the online library. In addition, at least one source should be a community member, leader, or representative from a local community organization.
- Suggested in Week Three: Develop a challenging thesis statement for your paper.
- Suggested in Week Four: Find out which racial issues concern your community source. Ask some of the same autobiographical questions you will answer in your paper (see Syllabus). Take notes and write down quotations, especially when what the source says supports or challenges your own conclusions about race in your community.
- Suggested in Week Five: Outline the main points of your paper. Align source facts, statistics, or quotations with the main points. Apply theories from the text to what you have observed within your community.
- Suggested in Week Six: Create an annotated bibliography to track the research you have conducted thus far.
- Suggested in Week Seven: Draft your paper, and read and revise what you have written. Continue revising until you feel comfortable with the integrity of ideas and flow of information.
- Suggested in Week Eight: Consider asking a friend, family member, or classmate to read your draft and provide you with feedback. Weigh their input and continue revising your work. Check your bibliography for accuracy.
- Due in Week Nine: Submit your final project.