Critical Application Pitch

Points
Up to 50

Abstract
This assignment is designed as the first step for the Critical Exposition (level 6) assignment. It is designed to help students identify a key issue for rhetoric and/or games, to do some exploratory research to see if that topic is a viable path of engagement, and to present a focus statement that will guide the larger project in Level 6.

Requirements
– Must have completed all L1 Assignments
– Must have completed L2 Expositing Play Strategies or L2 Current Trends Paper
– Must have completed L4 Game(r) Review or L4 Game(r) Guide

Completion
To complete this assignment, students need to write a proposal that identifies a key issue in relation to rhetoric and/or games, do some preliminary research on that topic/issue, and then draft a proposal that argues for this topic as a valuable line of inquiry. Papers should include the following sections: Focus Statement, Situating the Issue, Related Research, Extending Connections, and Gaming Support.

Diamond Reward
Students who successfully complete this assignment will receive +1 diamond.

Assignment Description
Most critical lines of inquiry begin in preliminary thought and research where writers, scholars, and thinkers notice an argument, a moment of stasis, or identify a central issue at stake in a particular content area or line of thought. Then they do some exploratory research to see what else is available on that topic: who has said what, when, and where, and why do those things matter. Those preliminary inquiries help writers establish a basis from which to begin more critical engagements. As such, this assignment is designed to help students build a case for the paper they want to write for the L6 Critical Exposition assignment. For this pitch (which is a condensed proposal), students will locate a key issue they would like to explore in relation to rhetoric and games, do some preliminary research, and draft a pitch that makes the case for this topic as a valuable line of inquiry.

These proposals should include the following areas or sections:

  • Focus Statement: These can be traditional thesis type statement (usually a sentence or two) or they can be a bit more extended and provide a more developed representation of what is at stake in the line of research students hope to pursue.
  • Situating the Issue: In this section, students should attempt to situate their issue into a particular conversation or line of research. Students should indicate a few sources in which the issue is prevalent and explain where those sources are taking the issue (i.e., what is its history, in limited fashion, and where are scholars/writers attempting to push the argument?). Here it is important to make connections and to situate the focus of this work in a kind of conversation.
  • Related Research: Students should identify 10 additional sources that may contribute to their argument (these can be done in bibliographic form). Note: (a) only 3 of these 10 can come from course texts, (b) 2 of the non-course sources should be scholarly sources.
  • Extending Connection: Students should identify one or two areas outside the immediate research focus where they might find scholars working on this issue or where work on another issue may be applicable.
  • Gaming Support: Students should indicate any potential examples or support for their issue that they may find in games, in gaming platforms and communities, or in game-based models like our class (i.e., Can we see this issue playing out in Dragon Mania Legends? Or is it more akin to games like Red Dead Redemption, Modern Warfare 2, Mario Kart, ?)

An Additional Guide
These proposals can take up no more space than what is available to you on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper (note: you can use front and back). Using only one piece of paper, students should attempt to address all 5 sections indicated above.

Evaluation
Proposals will be graded on their overall written quality (Is the prose readable? Is it relatively free from grammatical and punctuation issues? Does it offer a sense of clarity of thought? Is it concise? etc.), the depth of the preliminary research and how well it supports/warrants further inquiry, the ability to situate the issue in contemporary or historically significant examples, the quality of the document design and format, and the ability to stay within the guidelines of the assignment.

Goals
The goal of this assignment is to help students identify and begin the early stages of research on a topic of some significance. This topic can then be extended into other assignments for the course, with L6 Critical Exposition being a primary extension, but with many others being available as well.

Instant Assignment Completion
No IAC for this assignment.

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