Situating your Research with the CARS Model

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By Josh Chase, Bedford New Scholar 2019

 

The next time we meet will be on the same day that your Expanded Annotated Bibliography is due, which means that by now, you should have a pretty good sense of what scholars have said about the topic you’ve chosen to research. While your research has thus far been question-driven, I’ve asked you to hold off on taking a position or articulating a thesis (it can be hard to do, I know). Don’t worry, though, the gloves can officially come off after the next class session.

 

Before we meet again, read Jon Stratton’s “Zombie Trouble: Zombie texts, Bare Life and Displaced People.” On the paper itself, underline the following:

  • Passages that articulate Stratton's central argument
  • Passages in which Stratton seems to be responding to something—other scholars' research, popular assumptions, beliefs, or ideas
  • Passages in which Stratton refers to the social, political, cultural, and scholarly contexts he's engaging

 

As you underline these passages, make notes in the margins.

 

Then, write a short reflection (2 paragraphs) on the article in which you respond to the following prompt:

 

Select two of the passages you underlined on Stratton’s Zombie Trouble. Why are passages you identified significant? What rhetorical work do they seem to be doing, and how are they doing it? How do they contribute—or otherwise relate—to Stratton’s thesis?

 

Also, bring a printed copy of your Expanded Annotated Bibliography with you to class. The final draft is still due at 11:59 p.m., so the copy you bring to class doesn’t have to be in its final form (though I hope it will be pretty close by that point). 

 

CARS Model Assignment Worksheet

The CARS Model in “Zombie Trouble”

 

1. Identify a sentence or passage in which Stratton makes the first move of the CARS model, "Establishing a Territory." Copy the sentence and record the page number in the space below. Also, which step or steps does the author use (e.g. "Claiming Centrality")?

 

 

 

 

 2. Identify a sentence or passage in which Stratton makes "Move 2: Establishing a Niche." Copy the sentence and record the page number in the space below. Also, how does the author establish the niche (e.g. "Counterclaiming")?

 

 

 

 

3. Identify a sentence or passage in which Stratton makes "Move 3: Occupying a Niche." Copy the sentence and record the page number in the space below. Also, which step or steps does the author use (e.g. "Announcing Present Research")?

 

 

 

 

Review the copy of the copy the Expanded Annotated Bibliography that you brought with you today. Considering the writing that’s already been done on the topic you’ve selected for your Researched Argument, where is there room to make for you to situate your research? Which of the CARS model moves might be appropriate for your paper? For example, do you see your work as countering the claims of the previous research you’ve reviewed? Or, are you in some way “continuing the tradition” of that research?

 

Feel free to address this question by writing in paragraph form, as an outline, as a map/diagram, or in some other way that helps you.

 

 

 

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