English 296: First-year Research

Why only save the Pandas?
Tuesday December 20th 2016, 7:16 pm
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I did my project in the form of a blog on sustainable conservation. My goal was to educate people about the current flaws in our system of conservation globally, using the recent news about the Giant Panda’s upgrade in threat status. My goal is to explain the flaws that the system represents and how the years of work put into protecting Giant Pandas has given very mediocre results.




Music’s Influence on Academic Performance Brochure
Thursday December 15th 2016, 5:53 am
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How Chiropractic Can Help You
Wednesday December 14th 2016, 12:26 am
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Within this brochure I have included information about causes of every day back pain, how chiropractic can help, the growth of chiropractic, statistics and commonly asked questions. I created this brochure to inform those who may not know a whole lot about chiropractor and are looking to give this method of healing a try. I also aimed to make the profession of chiropractic seem less intimidating with the information I chose.

Support Wisconsin’s Schools
Tuesday December 13th 2016, 3:55 pm
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My name is Anna Catlin and I’m a Journalism major. My research essay focused on the decreased state funding to state Universities and the negative effects of a lack of state funding. For my project I created Facebook and Twitter pages to communicate the same information as my essay, but to a different audience.  I chose to use Facebook and Twitter because they’re the most commonly used forms of social media and they both attract a wide range of audiences. Facebook would attract teachers/professors and parents while Twitter would attract college students and those interested in political news.

Take a look the Facebook and Twitter pages I created and let me know what you think.

Thank you!


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The Lesson of Harambe – Project
Tuesday December 13th 2016, 3:48 pm
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Hi, I’m Shannon Dufek, I am currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I wrote an essay on Harambe, the deceased gorilla from the Cincinnati Zoo. I decided to write on this subject in order to draw attention to the seriousness of the shooting of Harambe and its alternative options to the situation. I chose to do this project on a Prezi, a form of powerpoint with special effects and backgrounds, so my reader has a better understanding of the situation without being overwhelmed with opinions. Bellow is a link to my project, I hope you find it informational and compelling.



Should You Allow Your Child to Play Youth Football?
Tuesday December 13th 2016, 3:33 pm
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Hi, I’m Thomas Taylor, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, who is majoring in Secondary Education.  I wrote an essay on if parents should allow children to play youth football.  As an ex-football player, who played youth football, I believed I could come at this topic from a different angle.


Tuesday December 13th 2016, 7:11 am
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I have done my project on how people can reduce their carbon footprint. With this project I hope to do three things, educate my audience as to what a carbon footprint is, show them simple ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and provide a resource which they can use to measure their carbon footprint. Once having seen my project, I hope that my audience will take the initiative and use the resource I provided to measure their personal carbon footprint. I hope my audience will then use this information to reduce their personal carbon footprint. The pest possible scenario for my project is that it informs a majority of the population about how we are all responsible for the wellbeing of our planet; I hope that this revelation will encourage people to take action

My intended audience would be within the range of elementary students to young adults. Younger people are not quite as set in their ways, and it would be easier for them to implement life changes. My target audience would also be people who are possibly not well informed on the topic of carbon footprints, and do not understand their personal impact on the earth. Members of my intended audience will probably be unaware of the harm they are doing to our planet, they will mostly be young, hopefully with good intentions and an open mind regarding our environment.

I have chosen to use an info-graphic, as the medium for this project. With an info graphic, I can print it onto a poster, and hang it in elementary schools, high schools, and college campuses. The info=graphic also allows me to post my project to many types of social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Reddit. I have chosen a “loud” yet neutral color scheme, which stands out to people, but is not overbearing or pushy. I have chosen to present the information in my info-graphic in such an order that first educates people on carbon footprints, and why they should care about them, I then move on to a bolded, brightly colored area, the main focus of my info-graphic, showing people how they can reduce their carbon footprint. I then included a pie chart, informing people of the main sources of carbon emissions. I then finish with a resource which allows people to measure their personal carbon footprint. The pictures I have chosen for my info-graphic are very simple, cartoonish pictures. The purpose is to break up the text, but not become overbearing in the sense that people are looking at the pictures, without absorbing the information. The information is the focal point, while the pictures draw the reader’s eye to the different areas of the info-graphic.





Is the pressure to attend college really necessary?
Monday December 12th 2016, 4:35 am
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This poster is intended to inform students and teachers about the pressure of attending college and the effects the pressure can cause.


Introductory Post
Monday December 12th 2016, 4:30 am
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Hi my name is Danielle Sayles. I am currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. I am from Delafield Wisconsin and attended Kettle Moraine High School.  Right now I am undecided, but I enjoy and have interest in English. I am hoping to decide my major next semester or officially by next year.

For my project my topic is the pressure on teenagers to go to college and how it is the most relevant from teachers. I chose this because I think that is it a very relevant topic that will continue to be an issue. Also almost all high school students can relate to it.

CFCs and The Montreal Protocol
Monday December 12th 2016, 4:26 am
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This video is to inform the general public about CFCs and the harmful qualities they possess that destroy the ozone layer, as well as tell about how great the Montreal Protocol has been.