Freshman Seminar Discrimination Research Project

You will be part of a three-person team that will investigate how one group of people has experienced discrimination. Examples of possible topics to research include: discrimination based on religion, discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, discrimination based on race or ethnicity, discrimination based on physical disability or mental illness, discrimination based on age or appearance.

After completing a thorough investigation, your team will develop a presentation that addresses the history of discrimination against the group, the contemporary state of discrimination against the group, and proposes a solution for reducing discrimination.

STEP ONE - Choose a topic (group) to which no member of the team belongs him/herself.


STEP TWO - RESEARCH

v Each member of the group will use the library databases to find a print source and print out three copies. Be sure you have at least one historical source and one contemporary source among your three documents.
v Each member of the group will find and bring in one non-print source, such as maps or website advertising, television or film, music or art. Be sure you have at least one historical source and one contemporary source among your three documents.
v Each group will interview a member of the group you are researching, asking about his/her experience with discrimination and his/her ideas for reducing discrimination.

STEP THREE – ANALYZING AND INTERPRETING SOURCES

Ø Each member of the group will read and mark up the three print sources for facts and opinions.
Ø Each member of the group will study and analyze the three non-print sources.
Ø Each member of the group will create interview questions and take notes on the person’s responses. Members will ask follow-up questions and write down what they learned about their topic from the interview.
Ø Each member will create a Works Cited document that includes all seven sources.

STEP FOUR - PRESENTATION

ü Members will work together to plan a cohesive presentation that describes the history of discrimination and shows at least one change in discrimination against the group over time.

ü The presenters will explain important facts and share opinions from the group members and other people, such as the person they interviewed.
ü The presentation will combine visual, oral, and written materials and will end with some ideas for reducing discrimination against this group.
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DUE DATES
Print and non-print sources due Monday 12/8

Interview due Wednesday 12/10

Outline for presentation due Thursday 12/11

Presentations start Monday 12/15


RUBRIC for Freshman Seminar
Discrimination Research Project

“5”
EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
“4”
MEETS EXPECTATIONS
“3”
ALMOST MEETS EXPECTATIONS
“2”
DOES NOT MEET EXPECTATIONS
PRINT RESEARCH


Exceptional choice of source material with clear documentation.
Superior marking of facts vs. opinions. Excellent notes for evidence to share during presentation.
Appropriate choice of source material with clear documentation.
Adequate marking of facts vs. opinions. Clear notes for evidence to share during presentation.
Mediocre choice of source material with incomplete documentation.
Partial marking of facts vs. opinions. Some notes for evidence to share during presentation.
Inadequate choice of source material with no documentation.
Minimal marking of facts vs. opinions. Few notes for evidence to share during presentation.
NON-PRINT RESEARCH


Exceptional choice of source material with clear documentation.
Superior marking of facts vs. opinions. Excellent notes for evidence to share during presentation.
Appropriate choice of source material with clear documentation.
Adequate marking of facts vs. opinions. Clear notes for evidence to share during presentation.
Mediocre choice of source material with incomplete documentation.
Partial marking of facts vs. opinions. Some notes for evidence to share during presentation.
Inadequate choice of source material with no documentation.
Minimal marking of facts vs. opinions. Few notes for evidence to share during presentation.
OUTLINE
History, contemporary state, and solution addressed exceptionally. Skillful organization. Thorough and logical explanation of who is responsible for each part of the presentation.
History, contemporary state, and solution addressed appropriately. Clear organization. Clear explanation of who is responsible for each part of the presentation.
History, contemporary state, and solution partially addressed. Basic organization. Some explanation of who is responsible for each part of the presentation.
History, contemporary state, and solution minimally addressed. No apparent organization. Little explanation of who is responsible for each part of the presentation.
PRESENTATION
Superior completion of the task. Visuals are appropriate and engaging. Fluent delivery with “exceptional presence.” Skillful use of gestures, movement, visual aids. Sustained confident eye contact.
Completion of the task. Visuals are appropriate. Few hesitations with well paced delivery. Some use of gestures, movement, or visual aids. Some strong eye contact.
Partial completion of the task. Visuals appropriate yet underdeveloped. Noticeable hesitation and empty words. Uncontrolled or no gestures, movement, and/or use of visual aids. Minimal eye contact.
Minimal completion of the task. Visuals are inappropriate or underdeveloped. Frequent hesitations prevent clarity. Distracting gestures and movements. No visual aids used. Lack eye contact. Unprepared.


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