The purpose of this paper is to further develop the analysis and synthesis skills needed for the
academic research process. You will collect the narratives of four community gardens and use
rhetorical awareness to analyze and synthesize those narratives. This process is essential for
Module 3 where you will generate your own theme-related topic and conduct college-level
research on that topic.
In this paper, you will gather, analyze, and synthesize community garden narratives to answer
the research question: What rhetorical arguments do community gardens make?
Two of the narratives will be provided for you via the following TED Talks:
• “How We Can Eat Our Landscapes” by Pam Warhurst
• “A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA” by Ron Finley
You will collect the other two narratives by analyzing and synthesizing two local community
• UWF Community Garden
• From the Ground Up Community Garden. You will collect these last two narratives through in-person experience, online investigation, or
both. Each local garden maintains a substantial digital footprint via websites and social media.
While you may visit the gardens in person, you are not required to visit them. If you do visit,
please make sure to follow the garden’s posted guidelines. Content: To analyze the garden narratives,
use the document “How Will I Answer My
Research Question?” provided in Week 5.
Your task is not to summarize the narratives
but to closely read each narrative, much like
you would closely read a poem in a
literature class or dissect and examine an
animal in a biology class. Break down each
narrative’s constituent parts and investigate
how and why they work together to create
a persuasive message.
To synthesize the narratives, combine the
ideas generated from your analysis to
formulate an answer to the research
question. Based on your close read of the
gardens, what rhetorical arguments do
community gardens make? While you might
have multiple answers, select from those
ideas to form a focused thesis. Just as importantly, use textual details from
the gardens to support your answer,
incorporating quotes, paraphrases, and
examples from the narratives. You also may
use any other sources provided in this
module. No other research is permitted.
Organization: Shape your paper around a
thesis statement. Support that thesis with
evidence from the garden narratives above.
As with all academic papers, ensure yours
has an introduction and conclusion with
transitions between ideas as well as focused
Style: Use a third-person perspective for
this paper. Though you will engage in a
robust research and inquiry process,
academic writers do not usually narrate
that research process but present their
findings in a third-person point of view. Like
the memoir, write with concrete detail for a
broad audience and avoid clichés