PURPOSE: The purpose of the Interest Area Paragraph (IAP) is to begin to investi


PURPOSE:
The purpose of the Interest Area Paragraph (IAP) is to begin to investigate areas that you might want to write about for your formal Research Essay. Additionally, this assignment will help you begin with the brainstorming process.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS:
Many different jobs and projects require us to identify possible courses of action. Whether you’re drafting an email or suggesting a solution to a team of coworkers, you’ll have to begin by articulating your ideas.
OBJECTIVES:
Integrate critical thinking, reading, and writing independently to research and analyze college-level texts and to develop college-level analytic/argumentative research essays.
Demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, and integrate sources in academic contexts.
DESCRIPTION:
You will write a short 150-300 word paragraph that investigates a particular area of interest that relates to the central course question, “What Makes Us Human?” That said, you do not have to directly address the course focus. You may choose to view the course focus as a starting point. If you do choose to address the course focus question, you do not need to provide an answer to the broader question. That is to say, you may choose to identify one of the many aspects that you think make us human (e.g., empathy or communication).
The topic for the second IAP should be different from the topic that you chose for the first IAP. Neither of these paragraphs is locking you into a specific topic. Rather, these paragraphs are exercises in investigating topics that you MIGHT want to research later in the quarter.
PROMPT
In a short paragraph, you should clearly identify an area that you are interested in researching. Once you have identified the area of interest, you should reflect on your current knowledge of the topic, including any potential gaps in your knowledge. Your paragraph should also identify the two sides of the debate (e.g., if you are arguing that empathy makes us human, you might choose to examine how various animals also feel empathy).
Your paragraph will also incorporate TWO SIGNIFICANT QUOTES from peer-reviewed sources that support your investigation. You will need the correct MLA8 in-text citations and Works Cited.
Your paragraph will be typed (12 point font, Times New Roman or similar, double-spaced, with correct MLA8 header and citations).
PREPARATION:
In order to prepare for the successful completion of this assignment I would suggest that you do the following:
1) Select a topic that you find interesting.
2) Find at least one reliable source (peer-reviewed/academic/scholarly) that supports your view.
3) Select two quotes from the source (or sources) that you will incorporate into your paragraph.
4) Identify the two sides of the debate/issue.
5) Identify your prior knowledge and gaps in your knowledge.
AUDIENCE:
Your audience for this assignment is your instructor. You may use the first person pronoun. However, the assignment should be spelling and grammar checked.
EXAMPLE:
Crowley 1
Aleister Crowley
Professor Overa
English 102
1 February 2015
IAP #1
Apocalyptic Literature seems, in recent years, to have defined itself as its own genre. Distinct from Dystopian Literature (which explores a society in the throes of collapse), Apocalyptic Literature investigates the world after the overall collapse of society. I’ve read various books from the genre, including Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and George Stewart’s Earth Abides. Additionally, I’m familiar with a great number of films that also fall into this category. SE Smith, writing in Bitch Magazine notes that “Picking through the thematic elements of dystopias in any given decade reveals what people are afraid of and how we search for answers to our fears” (10). This seems to indicate that these stories are a reflection of the times in which they are written. Smith also notes that “the diversity of 21st-century dystopias is an expression of an anxiety-ridden era” (10); this seems to further support the reason that these types of stories have grown in popularity. I suppose that some people would say that we are only interested in the Apocalypse in the same way that we are interested in any type of fiction (Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, etc) that presents situations we are unlikely to ever experience. At the same time, I would assume that some people say that this type of literature goes far beyond entertainment and actually engages in a type of philosophical inquiry into what makes a society.
Work Cited
Smith, SE. “Our Apocolypse, Ourselves.” Bitch Magazine, Bitch Media. 9 Aug. 2017.
https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/dystopian/how-fictional-apocalypses-reveal-and-soothe-
our-greatest-fears. Date Accessed: 5 Sept. 2018.


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