Close reading: Empirical Humor
The following studies use empirical reasoning in order to make a humorous observation. Despite the intention, each of the following uses an experimental design and can be evaluated as an empirical argument. The assignment focuses on food, since it’s something that everyone knows well! Select one of the following to study in more detail.
- The Stinky Meat project. This site contains two different experiments so select one. For those with weak stomachs, be advised that the experiment involves observing the decomposition of food.
- My Children: The Food Experiment
- Living off food storage: Part 1 and Part 2
Write a short response (3-4 paragraphs) that summarizes the goal of the experiment and the solution. Use the provided context clues to conduct an evaluation of the experiment by following the guidelines in the textbook. Was this well designed? What worked? What would you change? Be sure to use clear evidence from the textbook to support your reading.
Your work will be scored by the following criteria.
|Criteria||Max. Points available|
|Content: In shaping his/her response, the student summarizes the goal of the experiment and the solution. The student describes if it was well designed and explains what worked and what he/she might change. He/she applies vocabulary from the lesson correctly and uses specific examples to shape his/her discussion.||30|
|Influences and Valid Conclusions: The student provides context clues to conduct an evaluation of the experiment by following the guidelines in the textbook while using evidence from the text to draw inferences or valid conclusions.||10|
|Grammar/Mechanics: The assignment has been proofread and spellchecked prior to submission. There are no errors that impede comprehension.||5|
|Total Possible Points||45|