Senior Project Proposal Form

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					Name:_____________________________________________________________________________Date_____________________

                Research Project Proposal                                   DUE Monday Sept. 10

Directions: Please type your responses to the questions below. Bring a completed copy with your
and your parent’s signature to class

Essential Research Question: State and explain the essential question you plan to research. It
must have an interpretive and/or argumentative element to it.
Visit http://www.midway.edu/library/topics for topic ideas or http://writingcenter.gmu.edu/?p=307 for a research question.




List and describe at least 5 primary sources that might help you answer your question. List specific
academic journals and other primary sources you might utilize. Provide a brief description of the
nature and utility of each source.

Interviews
    - Name ___________________________________________________ Title ____________________________________
    - Name ___________________________________________________ Title ____________________________________
    - Name ___________________________________________________ Title ____________________________________

News articles
  - Author ___________________________________________________
      Headline __________________________________________________Date___________________________
      Publisher__________________________________________Website_____________________________________

News articles
  - Author ___________________________________________________
      Headline __________________________________________________Date___________________________
      Publisher__________________________________________Website_____________________________________

Web articles
  - Author ___________________________________________________
      Headline __________________________________________________Date___________________________
      Publisher__________________________________________Website_____________________________________

Films
   - Director ___________________________________________________
      Title __________________________________________________Date___________________________
      Producer______________________________________________


List and describe at least 2 secondary sources that might help you answer your question. List
specific academic journals and other secondary sources you might utilize. Provide a brief
description of the nature and utility of each source.
Books/Magazines
   - Author ___________________________________________________
      Title __________________________________________________Date___________________________
      Publisher________________________________________________________

Books/Magazines
   - Author ___________________________________________________
      Title __________________________________________________Date___________________________
      Publisher________________________________________________________


Describe the hands-on and/or experiential project you will complete in conjunction with your
research. Discuss why you want to pursue this project and how it will complement your research.
State directly your sense of the costs, the time, and other logistical challenges posed by this project.
Other examples can be viewed at http://is.gd/ISSN2012




State the name of a person who might serve as a mentor and explain what expertise that person
offers. If you know of more than one person, state their names here as well and explain the
expertise they offer.




Rate your enthusiasm for this research and project and explain your rating. "10" means you are
genuinely enthusiastic about doing the work for the research and project. "0" means you look at
this work as worse than a waste of time.

0    1     2     3     4      5     6     7     8     9     10


Rating Rationale:

The mentor signature is intended to encourage you to discuss your research/project ideas with
your mentors and to insure that they are comfortable with a project that might have costs/ risks/
challenges associated with it.

Mentor Name ____________________________________________________________Signature__________________________


Student Name ____________________________________________________________Signature__________________________
I. Research Paper - Due Oct. 19
a) The paper must be at least 1000 words (5 pgs, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)
b) Traditional research essay
Mini-deadlines
    1. Planning Sheet – Sept. 10
    2. Source Credibility Sheet – Sept. 19
    3. Research Notes – Sept. 24
    4. Thesis Outline Template – Oct. 1
    5. 1st Draft – Oct. 8
    6. Final Draft – Oct. 19
II. Hands-on Experience/Product – Due Nov. 26
a) Either a tangible product, some ―thing that you created or
b) An experience or set of experiences applying the knowledge you’re learning – min. 5 hours
c) Document your project on a blog and include entries of words, pictures, sounds or video.
III. Presentation – Due Dec. 3
a) 15-minute presentation (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes Q&A)
b) Shares your product and/or experiences with classmates

Senior Project Examples

Topic: migrant farm workers
Paper: Focused on issues facing current migrant farm workers in Salinas. She researched the history of
migrant farm workers in California and controversies surrounding migrant workers today. She
interviewed over a dozen migrant farm workers in Salinas.
Product/Experience: She spent two days on a migrant farm and stayed overnight in a migrant farm
worker’s house. She documented her experiences with photographs and journals.
Presentation: She shared a video clip portraying migrant farm workers, presented facts about hardships
migrant farm workers face, and talked about her observations and conclusions.
Topic: coaching

Paper: Focused on coaching methods. He read two biographies describing famous coaches and their
styles. He also read different manuals and books about strategies to motivate athletes.
Product/Experience: He volunteered to coach a middle school girls’ basketball team. He kept a
journal listing strategies he used at different practices or games; he explained what worked and
what didn’t.
Presentation: He shared photos he took of different games and ran through a few drills with the class. He
explained his personal philosophy of coaching and how it had evolved.

Topic: dyslexia
Paper: Focused on dyslexia. This student wrote a guide for parents who have children with learning
disabilities, specifically dyslexia. She incorporated secondary research as well as personal interviews and
her own experiences. She interviewed a teacher and the principal of the Charles Armstrong School for
children with learning disabilities.
Product/Experience: She researched the different teaching techniques used with dyslexic children. She
formulated her own lesson plan and taught a class at Charles Armstrong School.
Presentation: She recalled her experiences teaching at the Charles Armstrong School. She gave a
demonstration to the students on what it is like be dyslexic. She also highlighted some of the information
that she gathered for her paper. She shared a poster with information and pictures of her day teaching.

				
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