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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