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Steps 21-25: Literature Review (Multiple Draft Assignments) Directions: Review the Explanation Video (2 min) * Due dates aren’t the same, but the explanation is.
What is a Literature Review (2 min)
How to Write a Stellar Literature Review
Explore any topic that you’d like in relation to media and identity. These past few years have been fraught with discussions of how media has made clearer, or distorted, identities (Republican, Democrat, Liberal, LGTBQ, Black, Immigrant, Rural White, Christian, Muslim, Single Moms, educated, uneducated, college-grads, non-college-grads, rich, poor, middle-class, Walmart people, protesters: the list is endless!). Think of an identity-representation that has caught your attention, maybe you have a personal connection to it, maybe you feel you’d like to interrogate it more; this is the topic that you will be working with throughout the rest of the term. Make sure you are interested in it!
This assignment asks you to synthesize all of your research over the semester and present the findings (your argument) in an argument-based literature review paper; this is not the typical “gather-information-and-put-it-in-a-paper” report. It is a review of all the current, relevant research, driven by your own original argument, contemplating, challenging, and concurring with others’ standpoints while adding something new and original to the ongoing academic argument. (6-8 pages)
Peer Reviews This assignment asks you to participate in each other’s writing processes by looking closely at writing and giving helpful constructive feedback.