This is first part of the three-part Paper Assignment.
By now you should have attended 2 field trips and posted group logs of each. From those field trip observations, you should choose one observation to expand upon in a brief research paper.
Your research paper should be done individually, not as a group. It may be a good idea to choose your topics as a group to make sure no one is selecting the same observation.
Using at least 5 distinct resources found in the library, referenced by the textbook, or suggested by me, write a brief report (2000 words or less) or essay on the topic. A report is primarily factual; an essay relates facts to personal observations and insights. Choose whichever suits you best!
Either way, your paper should not just re-state your field observations--it certainly can build upon that work, but should include new information that hasn't been touched on yet.
Submitting Your Paper
Upload your paper as .rtf, .odt, .doc or .docx, OR submit it as a Google Doc.
After submitting your first draft of the paper, you will be automatically assigned 2 classmates' papers to review. After the submission due date, revisit this assignment to read and give feedback on those reports. (You'll be scored on your peer review work in the assignment Paper Peer Review.)
Use the same rubric (attached) that I'll use for scoring your paper (a criterion refers to a departmental outcome).
You'll use feedback from your classmates to revise your paper draft and later resubmit it as Paper Draft 2.