Welcome to the English 120 Course Research Guide!
The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources for navigating the assignments in the ENG 120 course at the Pleasantville Campus: the Unit 2 Rhetorical Analysis of a Cultural Artifact and the Unit 3 Field Work & Ethnography. Descriptions of the assignments are below.
In the Rhetorical Analysis of a Cultural Artifact assignment, each student will look back at their select discourse community and conduct a rhetorical analysis of a cultural artifact relevant to that group, organization, or association. A cultural artifact is defined as any object made, modified, or used by people.
Some examples of cultural artifacts are:
In conducting this work, students will again engage with their community in order to determine values but also function as tools that shape how students see and understand themselves, how they interact and engage with communities, and why they have elected to build relationships with specific groups of people.
In the Field Work & Ethnography assignment, students are asked not only to write about their community but to also interact with and critically observe it. This assignment serves as an introduction to qualitative research and is designed to help students effectively integrate primary and secondary research into their writing. Through this work, students will learn to trust themselves as thinkers, writers and not researchers. Rather than defer to what has already been said on a topic, students will explore in order to understand research as extending from their interests and the world around new rather than perpetuating the misguided position that research is a passive act.