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North Lawndale College Prep Charter HS, 2008-2009 (Revision #2) Senior Project Essay and Presentation Preparation Stages: The Basics Veriner Hibbard-James, Ian Taylor, and Barry McRaith All great research papers begin with a question, a question that the researcher/writer cares deeply about. Such is your first challenge: derive a researchable question about life that genuinely matters to you. Your researchable question must evolve into your Senior Project. From there, you begin your quest [i.e., research] in search of your answer (i.e., your argument) to your question. Next, you create a claim and essay which you are responsible for persuasively arguing. After creating your essay, you will practice for your presentation. Finally, you will present your project to an independent panel of judges, coordinated by Mr. Kelly. A few boundaries to keep in mind: (1) All drafts must evidence your original and best re-writing, not unacknowledged borrowing, (2) citation and formatting must conform to MLA citation methods, (3) deadlines are non-negotiable, and (4) per NLCP policy regarding the Senior Project, you must earn at least a B on the essay to pass this course this trimester. Stages and Deadlines Stage Select and Communicate with Mentor Determine Driving Question Library Trip Research Sourcecards (at least 3 sources explore opposition) Primary Sources (2+): Film Interview (either personal or transcripts from radio/tv) Secondary Sources (8+, student picks extras): 2 books 3 academic journal articles 1 newspaper article 1 magazine article 1 internet reference (hub) site 1 dissertation abstract Thursday, October 30 Thursday, October 30 Thursday, October 30 Friday, October 24 Friday, October 24 Friday, October 24 Friday, October 24 Cancelled Due Dates Friday, September 5 Friday, September 12 Cancelled, in favor of the Writing Center End of the 1st Trimester Start of the 2nd Trimester Research Notecards (at least 3 sources explore opposition) Primary Sources (2+): Film Interview Secondary Sources (8+, student picks extras): 2 books 2 academic journal articles 1 newspaper article 1 magazine article 1 internet reference (hub) site 1 dissertation abstract Claim Friday, December 12 10 each film (10+ total) 20 each interview (20+ total) 25 each book (50+ total) 10 each article (20+ total) 10 each article (10+ total) 10 each article (10+ total) 5 each article (5+ total) 10 each abstract (10+ total) Monday, December 15 Outline 1st Full Draft of Essay 2nd Full Draft of Essay Final Draft of Essay Reflective, Metacognitive component Presentation Outline Presentation: 1st Practice Presentation: 2nd Practice Thursday, December 18 Friday, January 9 Friday, January 16 Monday, January 26 Monday, January 26 Friday, January 30 The Weeks of February 2-18 The Weeks of February 2-18 End of the 2nd Trimester Presentation to Independent Panel of Judges Toward the Start of 3rd Trimester
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