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					U.S. Government

                  UD SENIOR CULMINATING PROJECT
                       GUIDELINES (2012 – 2013)
In order to graduate, all Upper Dublin seniors must complete and pass the UD Senior
Culminating Project. It is a twofold project (research paper and oral presentation). The
research paper is worth 75% of the total grade, while the oral presentation accounts for the
remaining 25% of the culminating project grade. Both portions of the project must be
completed in order to graduate.

Research Paper Topic and Theme:
    Students are required to select a topic of their choice that relates to U.S. Government.
      Topics must be approved by the student’s government teacher. Certain topics will be
      limited at the discretion of the teacher.
    The theme of the research paper is past, present, and future.
          o Past: Prior to December 31, 1994
          o Present: generally, your lifetime – January 1, 1995 – April 19, 2013
          o Future: April 20, 2013 and beyond

Research Paper Due Dates:
    NO incomplete rough copies (those lacking any major parts of the paper or those failing
      to meet basic guidelines for the paper) will be accepted. One letter grade (10%) will be
      deducted from the final research paper grade for each day the paper is late. This rule
      applies to the rough copy due dates only.
    NO incomplete or late final copies will be accepted. An incomplete or late final copy will
      have to be resubmitted with the appropriate corrections or additions within 5 school days
      - late or resubmitted papers can earn a score of no higher than 59%.

      Friday         Jan. 4th               Topic Approval Sheet Due
      Friday         January 11th           Thesis Statement Due
      Friday         Feb. 8th               1st Rough Copy Due (Intro & Past)
      Friday         Feb. 22nd              Last Day to Change Topic
      Friday         March 8th              2nd Rough Copy Due (Intro, Past, & Present)
      Friday         April 5th              3rd Rough Copy Due (Intro, Past, Present, Future & Conclusion)
      Friday         April 19th             Final Copy Due

Research Paper Requirements:
    Required Page Length:
          o 161    12-15 pages
          o 121    12-15 pages
          o 122    10-12 pages
          o 123    8-10 pages
   Sources:
       o Your rough copies and final draft must include in-text (parenthetical) citations.
       o Cite every source indicated in your paper properly. In other words, include correct
          MLA in-text citations (notations) throughout your paper.

       o   161     Minimum of 4 Books, 4 Periodicals, and 4 Internet Sources (12)
       o   121     Minimum of 4 Books, 4 Periodicals, and 4 Internet Sources (12)
       o   122     Minimum of 3 Books, 3 Periodicals, and 3 Internet Sources (9)
       o   123     Minimum of 3 Books, 3 Periodicals, and 3 Internet Sources (9)


   Source and Page # Breakdown:

       o   161     1st Rough Copy include a minimum of 4 sources and 4 pages
       o   121     1st Rough Copy include a minimum of 4 sources and 4 pages
       o   122     1st Rough Copy include a minimum of 3 sources and 3 pages
       o   123     1st Rough Copy include a minimum of 3 sources and 3 pages


       o   161     2nd Rough Copy include a minimum of 4 more sources and 4 pages (8)
       o   121     2nd Rough Copy include a minimum of 4 more sources and 4 pages (8)
       o   122     2nd Rough Copy include a minimum of 3 more sources and 3 pages (6)
       o   123     2nd Rough Copy include a minimum of 3 more sources and 3 pages (6)


       o   161     3rd Rough Copy include a minimum of 4 more sources and 4 pages (12)
       o   121     3rd Rough Copy include a minimum of 4 more sources and 4 pages (12)
       o   122     3rd Rough Copy include a minimum of 3 more sources and 3 pages (9)
       o   123     3rd Rough Copy include a minimum of 3 more sources and 3 pages (9)


   Works Cited Page:
      o Your rough copies and final draft must have a Works Cited page (MLA).
      o Include a Works Cited Page at the end of your paper. Follow the MLA Guide for
         the WCP.

   Format:
       o Your rough copies and final draft must be typed (12 point - Times New Roman
         font, double spaced).
       o Set 1 inch margins (top, bottom, left, right).
       o Include a proper heading.
       o Include a centered title. Capitalize the first word, the last word, and all principal
         words. Do not bold or underline the title.
       o Starting on the second page, number your pages correctly. (1/2” Running Header -
         last name and page number)
       o Each section of your paper must be labeled (introduction, past, present, future,
         and conclusion).
      Thesis Statement:
          o Be sure to include a clearly stated, underlined thesis statement at the end of
              your introduction.
          o Thesis Statement - Topic Sentence Agreement: Every paragraph must have a
              topic sentence. Topic sentences should support the thesis statement. Every
              sentence in each of the supporting paragraphs should support the corresponding
              topic sentence.

      Notable:
          o Your final draft must be in a large envelope with your 3rd rough copy; this
             will NOT be accepted for full credit after 2:30 on Friday, April 19th.
             Also, all students will be required to turn their final draft into Turnitin.com.
          o NO late papers will be accepted for a passing grade. Late papers can earn a
             score of no higher than 59.
          o NO incomplete papers (those lacking any major parts of the paper or those
             failing to meet basic guidelines for the paper) will be accepted. Students must
             resubmit the paper with appropriate corrections within 5 school days.
          o A resubmitted paper can receive no higher a grade than a 59. Each day a
             resubmitted paper is late will result in a 10 point reduction in grade.
          o Any paper over the maximum page limit (see above) will be penalized one
             letter grade.

      Research Paper Basic Rubric:
       25% overall organization, content and continuity of written presentation
       25% clearly stated thesis with matching, developed conclusion
       20% MLA citations and alphabetical Works Cited page
       20% past/present/future
       10% correct spelling, punctuation, sentencing structure, paragraphing, etc.


Oral Presentation:

      Students will be scheduled to present on a given day. All students must be prepared to
       present on the day assigned. One letter grade will be deducted from the final oral
       presentation grade for each day that the student is absent from class on the day assigned
       or unprepared to present in class on the day assigned.

      Minimum and Maximum Time Limits:
       121  6-8 minutes
       122  5-7 minutes

      Standard Rubric:
       40% content and understanding of the topic
       30% organization and clarity of presentation
       20% visual / prop
       10% delivery / time limit

Total Senior Culminating Project Grade Rubric:
75% written research paper
25% oral presentation

				
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