Project Overview

Digital Multimedia Essay

Through this assignment you will get a deeper understanding of a issue that affects Latinxs at MSU, regionally, or nationally. Through secondary source research and semi-structured interviews you will explore how race, class, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality influence the lived experiences of Latinxs in the United States. Moreover, you will put those experiences in the larger sociohistorical context. This assignment is intended to develop your critical thinking skills by offering an opportunity to produce a scholarly piece accessible to a wider audience.


Proposal (3%) – Students will turn in a one page double spaced paper to propose your research topic. You should include a description of the topic you plan to study (Topic, where, when, how you plan to investigate it), why it is important to study, and the way you plan on dividing the work.

Annotated Bibliography of Sources (3%) – After our library session, students will identify six sources (3 from class materials and 3 from your own research) to use for your project. For each source, you will write a description of 3-5 sentences about what the sources is and why it is valuable.

Interview Questions (3%) – Students will interview at least one person about their experiences with their topic. Students can interview more people, but this should be stated in your proposal. A sample of questions you will ask must be turned in.

Storyboard (3%) – Students will turn in an outline of their project based on a template given in class to ensure they are making progress.

Final Project (15%; 1,800 – 2,000 Total Words)

Introduction: students will introduce the topic and the importance of studying it

Historical Analysis: students will give a description of the history of their issue. Be sure to mention how race, class, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity has played a role in this issue.

Description of the issue in the present: Students can use a variety of methods (photos, video clips, art, etc.) to explain the issue they are studying.

Proposed solutions: Students should include a section on ways that individuals and communities can affect this issue. These solutions should be sound and researched.

Students will turn in a final project that meets the following requirements:

Presentation (5%) – In class, students will present their projects and answer questions from their classmates.

Contributions Statement and Peer Evaluation (3%) – Students will write a one page double spaced paper describing their contributions to the project. In addition, group members will give each other a grade for their contributions.

Important Dates (Students can turn in components of their research project at any time before these dates.)

February 9, 2017

  • Introduction to the project and Camera work
  • Meet in 114 Old Horticulture

February 14, 2017

  • Proposal Due via D2L

February 14, 2017

  • Library Research Tutorial
  • Meet in Beaumont West Instruction Room, 2nd floor , MSU Library

February 21, 2017

  • Session on Editing
  • Meet in 114 Old Horticulture

February 21, 2017

  • Annotated bibliography due

March 21, 2017

  • Storyboard due in class

March 21, 2017

  • Publishing and Work Session
  • Meet in 114 Old Horticulture

April 6, 2017

  • Work Session
  • Meet in 114 Old Horticulture

April 20, 2017

  • Final project Due Date