English IV & AP
I-Search Word History assignment
Notes on content and process
1. Questions to include in your introduction and first page:
· What does your selected word mean to you going into this assignment?
· What do you already know about your word?
· Why did you choose it?
· Is there a specific moment or incident or association you have with your word?
2. For the body of your paper:
· Look closely at the sources you have found, both print and online, for a deeper, fuller understanding of your word's ultimate meaning. Consider evidence of your word’s “age” in English, its original meaning, how its meanings have evolved over time, and how it is being used today.
· The next portions of your paper will include some or all of the following:
· an overall description of your search
· any difficulties you experienced
· any surprises you encountered
· specific insight into the information you find about your word
· interesting examples of your word’s historical significance or prominent uses
· In the body of the essay, you will combine an analysis or interpretation of what you learned (including direct citations from your sources), along with personal commentary and reflection on that information.
3. Ideas for the concluding section of the paper:
The last page (or so) of your paper will contain your final reflection on your search, focusing both on the process and on what you learned about your word from the various sources.
4. N.B. (that’s nota bene or “note well” in Latin):
· This is an I-search paper; therefore you will combine analysis of the information you uncover with personal reflection on your research and learning processes as you investigated your word.
· You will include a Works Cited page at the end of your paper, so be sure to keep records of the full bibliographic information for each source you consult.
· Keep track of your notes, printouts, and photocopies. Organize them in a logical manner with key information highlighted and/or annotated. These copies all go in your binder along with the peer-edit draft and final copies of your paper.