Sami People analysis of the information on Sami people. NOTE: Choose EITHER the Research Project OR the saga Project. If you choose the Research project, submit your assignment under this assignment tab and leave the Saga Project assignment tab blank.
(My Topic- Sami People)
This assignment gives you the opportunity to select a topic that interests you, to expand on your knowledge through independent research, and then to demonstrate that knowledge in the form of a report.
You are encouraged but not required to consult with me on your topic.
Note: Your topic must be related to Scandinavian/Norse history, culture, or mythology during the Viking Age. If you choose a topic on modern reception, at least 50% of your paper must be directly about the Viking Age.
Note: You are encouraged to choose a unique topic. Then you will have the ability to be more precise, which will make a better initial impression.
If you wish, you may include analysis of the information (while avoiding unsupported assumptions) as well as just reporting it, but this is not required.
See the assignment rubric for grading criteria.
Here are some topic suggestions. You can choose something from the list, but you are not required to do so. You can mix and match. Or maybe the list will inspire another topic idea for you:
Suggested topics for final project.docx
Download Suggested topics for final project.docx
1. Your name, a title, and page numbers
2. Identification of the topic being covered. You can do this in a statement near the beginning of the paper.
3. An introduction and conclusion, each at least one paragraph long
4. Relevant information on your topic from the readings, websites featured, or special events.
5. Relevant information from at least three additional sources. Additional sources could include:
· Passages from your required books that were not specifically assigned
· Information from scholarly books and articles found on JSTOR (available through the Penn State Libraries) or another scholarly database, Google Books, Google Scholar
· Books in my possession. I have some books on Vikings that have not been featured in the course. I will provide you with a list of books in my possession. If you want to use parts of them, I can scan those for you.
· Wikipedia, as long as you use it only for 1-2 facts
· Sources listed at the end of Wikipedia articles are valid as additional sources
6. Citations of sources, either as footnotes or as parenthetical notation AND a bibliography or works cited section at the end of the paper. To format these, you can use MLA Style, Chicago Style, or APA style.
7. Word count should be 1100-1500 words, including title and bibliography/works cited.
Research Project Rubric
Research Project Rubric
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeChoice of Topic
Have you chosen a topic relevant to the understanding of Viking culture? Have you chosen a topic that is specific enough to yield a good-quality paper? Is your topic manageable within the time and space you are given? Have you chosen a topic for which there is an adequate number of information sources?
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality of Reporting and Accuracy of Information
Does your research go beyond what has been covered in the course? Do you report the information in a systematic and clear way? Is the information you report accurate? Do you recognize what evidence, vs. scholarly theories about the evidence vs. speculation by scholars? Can you report on historical documents while taking into consideration the difference between Viking Age historical writing and modern expectations?
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality and use of Sources, Paraphrasing
Are your sources scholarly? Do you integrate them well into your paper? Do you paraphrase your sources accurately so that you are not plagiarizing? Do you document when you quote sources directly?
Note: Lifting information word for word from a source without noting that it is quoted and without giving the source is plagiarism and a breach of academic integrity (see syllabus).
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeComprehensibility and Professionalism
Does your paper have a title? Does your writing follow the rules of standard English, especially with possessives, plurals, and verb forms? Are your writing style and word choices consistent with formal writing? (see handout on “write this, not that”)
Does your writing comply with the professionalism statement on the course syllabus?
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome(Optional Bonus): Analysis
If you choose to include analysis of information, is it as free as possible of false assumptions? Does it enhance the content of the paper?
(+2 point bonus)
Total Points: 100