Medievalist for a Semester

Designed by: Kisha G. Tracy, Fitchburg State University
Category: Semester-Long Projects
Notes: This assignment is completed on a class wiki, but obviously can be done in any format instructor selects. Also, the Journal Article Optional Goal section reflects local conferences, but those could be replaced by others.

Assignment Outcomes
While each checkpoint has its own specific learning outcomes, the following are overall outcomes for this assignment.
  • Students will be able to:
    • identify, articulate, and define a research question or thesis statement that is appropriately focused in scope;
    • identify the resources, support staff, and information available through the university library;
    • assess critically the authority, quality, currency (if applicable), and relevance of sources;
    • narrow and refine research search strategies;
    • use all information in its intended context and with appropriate attribution and consistent citation , as per MLA style;
    • quote, paraphrase, and summarize content from sources effectively, particularly in the form of an Annotated Bibliography; and
    • articulate the benefits of a research working group.
Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to recognize and articulate the characteristics and transmission history of a variety of literary traditions in different time periods and locations.
  • Students will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.
  • Students will be able to engage with the detailed research process and apply information literacy skills effectively in a variety of contexts and analyze the value of scholarly sources and demonstrate this analysis through annotation, reflection, and its use as evidence in written and oral communication.
  • Students will be able to develop and support insights effectively through written and oral communication, particularly via essay and public wiki.

This semester, YOU are going to experience what it is like to be a medievalist and, while doing so, really explore the research process
and how it works within the field of English Studies. Thus, I hereby dub you a Medievalist for a Semester!

Note: The amount of work assigned for each checkpoint is based on the understanding that the work will NOT be completed all in one day or in one sitting. The work should be spread throughout the ample time between checkpoints.

*Do not wait to complete checkpoints. Get ahead and STAY ahead!*

See each Checkpoint for requirements.