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Evolution in America PROSPECTUS ASSIGNMENT



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Evolution in America Winter 2008 PROSPECTUS ASSIGNMENT At this point you have seen your topic through several phases writing your vignette discussing it with others rewriting it or writing a new one interpreting it for readers learning the difference between a topic and a project developing a central question to investigate sketching out a plan and requesting help Hopefully you have some idea now still early and still forming of what your project is A prospectus is a formal summary of a proposed venture A summary presents the substance of a larger work in a condensed and concise form The summary nature of a prospectus makes the proposed work understandable and accessible to others It allows readers to talk to you in practical useful ways about your pursuit of your interests People write prospectuses to apply for grants scholarships or fellowships or to propose a plan for a senior thesis masters thesis or dissertation A prospectus requires you to locate your topic to name its who what when where and why The assignment lets you continue to develop your topic from several different directions which may seem unrelated at the moment but which will gel as you think read research and begin to write But a prospectus is also much more than this It is an indispensable tool for the person who writes it You can to go back your prospectus weeks months or even years after your initial thinking reacquaint yourself with your ideas and continue to work with them You will write your Prospectus in two phases The first will be a working document in which you will keep track of all the thinking you are doing toward the final draft While you are in the middle of doing research keep track of your work and particularly information that is useful or might be and insights that are valuable or might be We will give you guidance as to how to keep track of your work The second phase turns most of Phase I into a narrative that describes all the thinking you did about your topic this quarter and



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