Somewhere I Belong Instructions

Unit 2: Somewhere I Belong

The unit asks you to consider the terms place and community. Where is it that you feel you most belong or you most want to belong? Where is your place, or where is the place you most want to be? Who is a part of your community? These are some of the questions you may ask throughout this unit.

This unit will explore both literal and figurative places and communities. A literal place or community might, for instance, refer to a hometown, a tangible place on a map. Figuratively, academics often refer to groups of writers and readers who share familiar language for common topics of interest as discourse communities, but the boundaries of those communities are not physical. Regardless of the borders, however, it is important to understand how communities are formed and how being an “insider” or an “outsider” affects the way one responds to others.

For this unit, we will be doing ethnographic research and writing. This will require some field work on your part. You will be photographing, conducting interviews, and writing observations. These smaller steps will be part of your research process and help you build towards your larger final essay:

1 Interview – these can be done using a webcam or audio recording posted to your blog or by transcribing an interview word-for-word and posting the transcription on your blog (due March 5)

2 pictures of your place (1st one due February 13)

3 research journal entries (#1 & #2 are due February 20)

You should not copy and paste entire interviews or research journals into your projects, though parts of them may make their ways into your larger piece of work.

The Somewhere I Belong Project

For the major project, you will be pulling from your ethnographic research to piece together a multimodal project, which can be done in one of the three ways listed below. In order to do this well, you should work from a research question or a carefully considered angle. And remember, your community does not have to be a literal place, and it certainly doesn’t have to be your hometown. It does, however, have to be a place/community that you consider your own or that you want to be considered a part of someday.

1.     The Multimodal Essay

  • 1250+ words
  • 7+ pictures (at least two must be ones that you have taken)
  • 2+ outside sources (quoted or paraphrased)
  • 1 quote or paraphrase from your interview
  • MLA citations (in-text references and a works cited page)

2.     The Mini Documentary

  • 4-6 minutes long
  • 2+ outside sources (quoted or paraphrased)
  • 1 quote or paraphrase from your interview
  • MLA citations (voice-over or visual references and a works cited credits clip)

3.     The Hypertext

  • 1250+ words
  • 12 hyperlinks (to references, videos, interviews, etc.)
  • 2+ outside sources (quoted or paraphrased)
  • 1 quote or paraphrase from your interview
  • MLA citations (voice-over or visual references and a works cited credits clip)

If you have other ideas or you want to combine aspects of the different types of project, please speak with me first.


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