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HOMS Research Orientation PPT#1

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Homs06 research01

  1. 1. Mr. Coursey’s English 1 Research Paper Project Literary Analysis: The House On Mango Street Lesson #1 The Research Process and Proposal
  2. 2. Research-Related TEKS • brainstorm, consult with others, decide upon a topic, and formulate a major research question to address the major research topic.[20A] • formulate a plan for engaging in research on a complex, multi-faceted topic.[20B] • follow the research plan to compile data from authoritative sources in a manner that identifies the major issues and debates within the field of inquiry.[21A]
  3. 3. How do you write a Research Paper? • Writing a research paper is a process. • There are seven steps…
  4. 4. 7 Steps of the Research Process 1. Question 2. Plan 3. Gather Information 4. Sort & Shift 5. Synthesize 6. Evaluate 7. Publish
  5. 5. What is writing a research paper really all about? • Coming up with well-focused QUESTIONS • Providing solid, well-documented ANSWERS
  6. 6. What’s the first question you need to answer in a research project? • What is my TOPIC?
  7. 7. For this research project, I’m providing the topic… • “How does an author use literary elements such as character, conflict, imagery, setting and/or irony to develop a theme in a literary work?” • (Write this down on the “Topic” line of your Research Proposal sheet. We’ll develop talk about this more in a few minutes.)
  8. 8. After we settle on the topic, we still have more… •QUESTIONS! • The topic in itself is much too broad. • Further questions help us establish the focus of our research. • Once we establish our focus, other parts of the process begin to fall into place.
  9. 9. What are research questions? • In the research process we seek to answer two types of questions: • Essential Questions • Subsidiary Questions
  10. 10. What are Essential Questions? • Essential Questions are the “big” questions — • Questions that are complex; questions that seem to raise a number of smaller questions as you seek to find an answer. • Questions that have multiple parts.
  11. 11. Here’s an example of an Essential Question: • “How does Sandra Cisneros use Esperanza’s name, her language, culture, and neighborhood to create a theme of ‘the outsider’ in The House On Mango Street?”
  12. 12. Essential Q = Complex Q • See? That’s a big, complex question; it’s a question with several parts that must be addressed. • It’s a question with multiple parts. • There’s no single, quick, easy answer. • So we develop further, more tightly focused smaller questions called Subsidiary Questions…
  13. 13. What are Subsidiary Questions? • Subsidiary Questions are the smaller questions — • The tightly focused questions that are raised as you seek an answer to the Essential Question.
  14. 14. Here’s an example of a Subsidiary Question: • “How does Sandra Cisneros use Esperanza’s name, to create a theme of ‘the outsider’ in The House On Mango Street?”
  15. 15. EssentialQuestions>SubsidiaryQuesitons • Subsidiary Questions address the multiple parts of the Essential Question • ONE AT A TIME.
  16. 16. SO…Let’s begin! • On the next slide I’ll provide FOUR Essential Questions. • Choose ONE of the four to use as the Essential Question for your Research Paper. • Copy the one you choose onto your Research Proposal in the blank after “Essential Question.” (NOTE: Be sure and copy the part at the top.) • After that, break down the Essential Question to Subsidiary Questions in the spaces provided.
  17. 17. How does Sandra Cisneros use… 1. Figurative language to express emotionality and the author’s point of view? 2. Figurative language to create complex, believable characters? 3. Her name, her language, culture, and neighborhood to create a theme of “the outsider” 4. The characters in The House On Mango Street to illustrate a theme of self-determination vs. cultural determination?
  18. 18. Themes • Sense of place—houses • Home as a place of freedom vs imprisonment • Imagery – Houses – Windows (looking at life through a window rather than living it. Women in traditional Hispanic culture are “ventaneras”—women by the window.) • Emotionality created with figurative language – Similes and metaphors, etc. • Theme of the outsider because of – Her name, her language, culture, neighborhood, poverty • gender roles in a patriarchy vs freedom • Self-creation vs cultural determination • Personal dreams and goals vs the dictates if cultural values

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