Week 11: What’s the Big Idea?

I hope the peer review activity on Wednesday helped you sharpen your focus as you work on finishing up your controlled research paper. The final version of your research paper is due on Monday before class begins. Please be sure to follow the instructions on the assignment sheet for submitting your essay.

On Monday, I will introduce our final project for the semester. This assignment builds on Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin, so if you have not finished reading that book, that’s your homework for Week 11. Please bring your copy of Three Cups of Tea to class each day next week. On Monday, I’ll explain more about the assignment and how we’ll spend our time in class for the rest of the week. Before you come to class on Wednesday, please read pages 171–179 in the Norton Field Guide.

[Update: On Friday, we will discuss the Big Ideas you have found on your own. Before you come to class, research a person or an organization with a Big Idea and write a short description (200-300 words) of the idea and how the person/organization enacted the idea. Bring your printed description to class and be ready to tell us about what you found. If you need a good starting point, you might want to look at the TED archive, the list of MacArthur Fellows, the list of Ashoka Fellows, or this Ask MetaFilter question I posted a few days ago.]

One final reminder: If you plan to submit a revised version of your annotated bibliography, you must do so by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29. Please complete the revision process in Google Docs and send me an email notifying me that your bibliography is ready to be evaluated.

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