Your project proposal should identify the topic you would like to investigate for the Digital Essay. You should be as narrow and specific as possible. “The history of Native Americans in Oklahoma” is far too broad to be a useful topic, for example. The history of a particular Native American or a particular family, on the other hand, would be a great entry point. Your aim is to focus on a specific individual, event or community of significance to Oklahoma history. While you may not know exactly what you want to say about the individual, community or event just yet, you should be able explain why they are worth investigating. What makes the topic potentially interesting or revealing as an entry into Oklahoma History? How will the person, community or event link us to that history and help us better understand it? Who should care about the topic and why?
If it helps to have a template for preparing the Project Proposal, you might fill in the following blanks as a start and then elaborate:
Topic: I am studying ___________________
Question: because I want to find out what/why/how ____________________
Significance: in order to help my audience understand __________________
Your topic proposal should include a plan for research, as well as a basic introduction to the material and why it matters (or ought to matter). Identify any preliminary research you have done; discuss archives or databases you plan to search for information about the person, persons, or event; discuss books, articles, or primary sources you might use to illuminate the background of this person, community or event or to embed them in a specific historical and social context. Where are you going to start, and where do you need to go in order to capture a well-rounded picture of the person, community or event?
DUE: Post your proposal to your blog by 11:59 pm on Tuesday 9/29. Read and comment on your peers’ posts by Wednesday 9/30 at 11:59 pm.