Final Project: Race and Your Community
Resources: Appendix A.
Additional Comments: (My community is Colorado Springs, CO), Occupation:
Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word autobiographical research paper that analyzes the
influences of race as it relates to your community. In your paper, write your first-
person account of how human interactions in your community have been racialized.
For the community, you may consider relations within your neighborhood, local
government, service groups, clubs, schools, workplace, or any environment of which
you are a part.
Answer the following questions and provide examples:
o Do members of your community look like you? In what ways do they look the
same or different?
o How do leaders within your community treat people who are like you? How do
they treat people who are different?
o How do other members of your community treat people who are like you? How
do they treat people who are different?
o Do your texts or work manuals contain information by or about people like you?
o Do the local media represent people like you? If so, in what ways?
o What are some similarities and differences between you and the people who are
in leadership positions in your community? Do you think minority group interests
are represented within your community?
o If you could resolve any inequities within your community, what would you
change? How and why?
o Which main concepts from the text relate to race? Apply some of these concepts
to your project.
• Include the following elements in your paper:
o The thesis addresses racial issues in your local community.
o The content is comprehensive and accurate.
o The paper itself draws on your personal experiences with and opinions about
cultural diversity in your community.
o Three sources are used, with one source being a community member, leader, or
representative from a local community organization. Please include a first and
last name, along with the position that they hold within your
community/community organization. Do Not Use a Family Member, unless the
family member is a community leader.
o The paper is written in first-person point of view, with an autobiographical
o Text concepts are applied to your observations.
o Assignment questions are answered.
o The paper includes perspectives from supporting sources.
o The conclusion is logical, flows from the body of the paper, and reviews the
o Paragraph transitions are present.
o The tone is appropriate.
o Sentences are well-constructed.
o The paper, title page, in-text citations and references follow AWSH/APA
o Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
Spelling is correct
Final Project Overview and Timeline
Final Project Overview
The final project for ETH 125 is a 1,400- to 1,750-word autobiographical research paper on race
in your community. The CheckPoints and assignments in class are designed to stimulate your
awareness of cultural diversity issues, so, as you prepare to write your final paper, think about
how and where these issues exist within your community. Consult your syllabus and your
instructor regarding any questions about project requirements.
Your final project should be formatted according to AWSH/APA guidelines, and contain the
An introduction and a thesis statement
A body with supporting evidence and in-text citations
A reference list with at least three sources, with one source being a community member,
leader or representative from a local community organization.
Final Project Timeline
You should budget your time wisely and work on your paper throughout the course. The following
is a summary of suggested steps you can take during the course to complete your project:
Suggested in Week One: Review additional final project requirements in Week Nine of the
Syllabus. Begin thinking about how you define your own community in terms of race. Who are
the members, leaders, and organizations in your community?
Suggested in Week Two: Identify three sources for your final project. Sources may include
texts, work manuals, news channels, and articles from the online library. In addition, at least
one source should be a community member, leader, or representative from a local
Suggested in Week Three: Develop a challenging thesis statement for your paper.
Suggested in Week Four: Find out which racial issues concern your community source. Ask
some of the same autobiographical questions you will answer in your paper (see Syllabus).
Take notes and write down quotations, especially when what the source says supports or
challenges your own conclusions about race in your community.
Suggested in Week Five: Outline the main points of your paper. Align source facts, statistics,
or quotations with the main points. Apply theories from the text to what you have observed
within your community.
Suggested in Week Six: Create an annotated bibliography to track the research you have
conducted thus far.
Suggested in Week Seven: Draft your paper, and read and revise what you have written.
Continue revising until you feel comfortable with the integrity of ideas and flow of information.
Suggested in Week Eight: Consider asking a friend, family member, or classmate to read
your draft and provide you with feedback. Weigh their input and continue revising your work.
Check your bibliography for accuracy.
Due in Week Nine: Submit your final project.
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