For instance, you may choose: Family and Food, Family and traditions, Family and cultural celebrations, etc. Feel free to be creative. The main objective is to connect family with a defined issue.
Primary source (most important) will be interviews with family members. You do not need to talk to everyone, but one of the main objectives of this assignment is to tap into the value of family history.
*create your own set of questions, remembering to be open and relaxed to hearing what family members have to share
*keep questions narrowed to the issue you are planning to discuss
*consider tapping into the knowledge of older family members—aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents. You will be surprised as to the vast knowledge and willingness of your family.
Library research: you must expand discussions a bit outside of the family to get a more global grasp of your selected topic. Note our readings this semester, including Lucy— all stemmed from personal journeys, but expanded to be scholarly by adding historical perspectives of—place, cultural rituals, traditional habits, etc.
The librarians can easily assist in your search, but first, for the search to be simple and interesting, you must narrow your topic to an issue and have a specific direction. During research, you may find that these directions may change; that’s okay, but stay focused on your initial intent to ‘reveal’ an aspect of family as it pertains to culture and values.
*5-6 pages, double spaced, using MLA format (within and at the end of your paper) Required pages do not include cover or Works Cited. At least 4 varied sources
**numbered pages with last name should appear on each page in the upper right hand corner—check ‘headers’ on your computer.
*A cover with a catchy title and picture, if relevant (centered, font 18-22)
Upper left hand corner of cover: Name, course, date, my name
*Proofread carefully for basics: grammar, sentence structure, organization, proper use of quoting sources—this is a Humanities course.