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									     Tiger Culminating Project

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The Culminating Project is a State of Washington graduation requirement. Its completion will
 be indicated on your official transcript. You must satisfactorily complete all components of
 the Culminating Project to be eligible for graduation. No graduation will occur for students
                            who do not complete this requirement.

Dear Tiger Senior:

Well, here you are – eleven down and one to go! There’s so much happening your senior year –
decisions to make, applications to submit, resumes to update, and exams to complete. Here at
LC, we know you’re busy and working hard, so we’re here to help you complete the
requirements for the state- mandated Culminating Project (a.k.a. “The Project”) as efficiently and
effectively as possible. The Project is designed to celebrate your skills and stretch your learning
in new and engaging ways. It’s a chance to shine… a chance to show-off… and a chance to
demonstrate just exactly how talented and independent you can be!

Here at school, you will work toward completion of your Project with a Mentor Teacher you will
see every day. Nearly every elective course and a few of our core courses can serve as Project
base classes. If you are a full-time Running Start student, you’ll complete the Project through a
Spokane Virtual Learning class that is a free, online support. In either case, a teacher will be
available to guide you toward successful completion of the Project. That Mentor Teacher will
help you establish and monitor the deadlines, meet Project mandates, understand the rubrics that
will be used to assess your work, and schedule your Presentation after your Portfolio is complete
and approved.

In this student handbook, you will find an outline of the work you’ll need to complete and submit
for the Project as well as copies of all the forms and rubrics required to finish your Project.
Additionally, if you go online to you’ll find examples of
previous Projects as well as hundreds of Project ideas to get you going.

Again, all students in the State of Washington are required to complete the Culminating Project
before a diploma can be issued. Students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and/or served
by special education programs will meet this requirement as stated in the ir IEPs

Good luck, and we look forward to seeing what you can do!

Marybeth Smith
Tiger Culminating Project Coordinator

          So, Just What IS the Culminating Project?
                                     The Four P’s
     It must S-T-R-E-T-C-H your skills or learning in a                 CHECK IT OUT!
      demonstrable way. I.E. If you are a saxophone player,
      learning a tune on the saxophone wouldn’t be a stretch… but          There is a list of
      writing a tune and performing it on the tuba just might be!      Products/Performances
     It must take you 20 HOURS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL OR                   to give you some ideas.
        WORK to complete.
                                                                        Remember it must be
       Your Product/Performance should be a fun, fascinating, and              SAFE,
        fabulous journey into a topic that you are passionately         APPROPRIATE and
        interested in.

     You must write a 4-6 PAGE PAPER detailing the research you completed in order to
      develop your Product/Performance. Research must be done throughout your work on the
      Project. For example, if you are developing a foodraiser for SpokAnimal, you will want
      to research the issues around homeless pets, pet overpopulation, animal abuse, etc.
      Painting a picture? Research an artist whose work you admire.
     The paper can be a Research Paper or an I-Search Paper. See page the paper section
      for more details on this topic.

     You will compile ALL PAPERWORK RELATED TO YOUR PROJECT into a Portfolio
      that is neat and complete prior to being allowed to schedule a Presentation.
     Include:
               Photographs Drafts       Papers
               Rubrics      Logs
               Forms        Receipts
                                            See Portfolio Rubric for required contents.

     You will SHARE THE STORY OF YOUR PROJECT in front of a panel of 2-4 JUDGES.
     Be prepared to bring a visual of your own creation, your Portfolio, and a 6-8 minute
      speech about your Project to a scheduled evaluation. Judges will be asking you questions
      about your challenges, your rewards, your findings, and your learnings associated with
      the Project.
     PowerPoints and movies are encouraged! Be creative!

                   Once you pass the Presentation, you’re done!

1. Identify your Mentor Teacher:
        Beginning in September, you will begin receiving information about the Culminating
Project and which of your scheduled courses can serve as your base. Once you’ve identified the
course and instructor, the Student Office will keep this information and you can work together to
identify a Project that sounds intriguing and interesting to you. Once that’s done, you will…
                                                                                     Complete By
2. Outline and define your Project’s Product or Performance in a
       Proposal Letter (see page 7)                                               _________

3. Submit that letter to your Mentor Teacher along with a completed
       Parent Acknowledgement Form (see page 10)                                  _________
4. Your Mentor Teacher will evaluate your proposal using the
       Proposal Letter Rubric (see page 9)                                        _________
5. Once approved, track your Project’s progress (research and creation-
    at least 20 hours) on the
       Learning Log (see page 11)                                                 _________
6. When your Product/Performance and Learning Log are complete. Write
    your 4-6 page Paper with Works Cited following the directions found here:
       I-Search Paper Directions (see page 13)
       Research Paper Directions (see Teacher)                                    _________
7. Your Mentor Teacher will evaluate your Paper and Works Cited using the
       I-Search Paper Rubric (see page 16), OR
       Their own Research Paper Rubric (see Mentor Teacher)                       _________
8. When your Paper has been evaluated as successful, compile it and all other
    related papers into a Portfolio. Your Mentor will evaluate it using the
       Portfolio Rubric (see page 19)                                              _________
9. With your approved Portfolio, you will be invited to make your final
    Culminating Project Presentation. This will be evaluated using the
       Presentation Rubric (see page 21)                                           ___________

 Identifying a Culminating Project Product or Performance
       The Culminating Project requires that you produce a Product/Performance in an area of
your particular interest. The Product/Performance must be done on your own time and must be
challenging enough to take you at least twe nty hours of independent work to finish.
         The selection of a Culminating Project topic deserves a great deal of contemplation and
discussion. You should take the time to discover a topic that will interest you and allow you to
demonstrate the skills that you have acquired. Decide what you want to learn from this project. Think
about what you like to do and what you could do to be more skilled in that area. Then, choose a topic.
                                               DARE TO DREAM!!
          Rather than make a quick decision regarding your project, make a list of all the options. Seek
advice and input from your family and friends. Ask yourself, “What have I always wanted to do or learn
more about?” Write down your answers, no matter how crazy they may sound; one of them just may be
the right focus for your project.

Restrictions that apply to a choice of topic include:
  it must be legal and meet district standards (See paragraph below.)
  your parent/guardian must agree with it
  it should represent a learning stretch for you

Project Considerations:
       • Technology – Do you have access to appropriate technology for the Project?
       • Funding – Do not propose a project that exceeds your personal resources. A quality
         Culminating Project can be done for little or no cost.
       • Experience – Do you already possess knowledge in their project area? The more
         knowledge possessed, the more the learning stretch tha t should occur.
       • People – Do you plan to involve other people in your project? The more people
         involved in the project, the more complicated it will be to coordinate.
       • Fundraising – Do not propose fundraising for an organization that cannot provide a
         representative to you to collect funds raised. You will not be able to deposit or store any
         monies in any LCHS accounts while working on your project, nor can you collect
         money as a representative of LCHS. Any money must to be collected IN YOUR
         NAME ONLY and given directly to a representative of the non-profit organization you
         are supporting. (For example: “My name is Stu Dent and I’m a senior raising funds for
         the American Cancer Society as my culminating project for graduation. Would you like
         to buy a T-shirt that I’ve designed to support this cause? My colleague, Mr. Jones from
         the American Cancer Society, will be taking your money this evening.”)

       District Limitations: While your project is designed to be an interesting and valuable learning experience,
       limitations may be imposed because of safety and liability issues. The Culminating Project Building Coordinator,
       along with the Culminating Project Focus Group, will have final approval. Generally speaking, the following
       projects will not be approved: any activity that is dangerous or poses a high risk of injury, involves weapons,
       aircraft, motor vehicles, cheer or drill competitions, tattoos or body piercing, or any that involve religious
       instruction. A more complete list of restrictions is available online. Students may take a class to help reach the goal
       for the project; simply going to class is not the project. Students may not use hours for which they are being paid.
       Projects related to jobs must go beyond the regular work schedule and provide for the employer something that is
       not part of the student’s typical job responsibilities. Court-ordered community service hours may not be used.

                Potential Culminating Project Options
For a list of 100’s more Project ideas, visit

  Design a uniform or costume for a group.
  Organize multicultural dance performance
  Research background of a dialect of popular language
  Organize a kids’ spelling bee/word challenge
  Create a family history scrapbook
  Develop a portfolio of poems or short stories
  Write a one-act play
  Create a visitor’s/new resident guide to your city
  Plan a wedding
  Plan and host a dinner party
  Choreograph & perform a dance
  Create an eco-garden (of indigenous plants of our shrub step ecosystem – their own yard, a
  neighbor, vacant lot, etc.)
  Design a home that is elderly/handicapped friendly (remodel or start from scratch)
  Design a multi-age level public park/activities center
  Create a critter park – several mini ecosystems within an area that house organism’s specific
  to those ecosystems. Or a single ecosystem for critters.
  Create a program to involve youth with senior citizens in nursing homes.
  Promote a Get Out and Vote campaign for 18 yr olds
  Design a fitness program
  Develop an animal training program
  Write a novel
  Create an anthology
  Design a tutoring center program
  Design a magazine
  Create a biography (video or written)
  Film and edit a documentary
  Build an engine
  Create a family genealogical chart
  Direct/produce a play/musical
  Create, fund, publish, and distribute a newspaper
  Bring a writer to a school/classroom.
  Coordinate/create a lesson with writer and class
  Create a charity organization (including the means to allow it to continue post Project)
  Landscape a yard
  Virtually recreate a historical journey (travel on L&C’s trail)

              The Proposal Letter and Parent Acknowledgement Form

Prior to beginning the project, you will submit a Proposal Letter. The letter will be a statement of your
plan to successfully complete the project as well as an explanation as to why you chose this project. The
letter will explain how the project will be a stretch for you relative to your current skills and knowledge.

Components of the Proposal Letter:
   Paragraph giving the reader background information about your Project’s topic and your interest
     in it
   Paragraph explaining how the Project will stretch your learning
   Paragraph explaining the materials and information sources you plan to use
   Paragraph clearly defining the PRODUCT /PERFORMANCE you will create as your Project
   Paragraph indicating your understanding regarding plagiarism and consequences

You must have your Proposal Letter approved and your Parent Acknowledgement Form completed
before beginning any work on the project. In this requirement, you will demonstrate the skill of writing a
business letter with correct format and conventions. Later, you will include the letter in the finished

Once the Proposal Letter is approved, if you alter or change your project, you must write a revised
Proposal Letter. Changes made after January 1, 2010 will be considered by the Culminating Project
committee during their regular meetings in January and February. Students will need to come before the
committee to explain the reasons for the change. No changes will be considered or allowed after
February, 2010.

Your Proposal Letter needs to contain the following statement regarding plagiarism and consequences:

“I understand that honesty and integrity are important characteristics of an upstanding citizen. As such, I
will demonstrate these qualities by committing to accuracy and honesty on all parts of the Culminating
Project; this means I will not plagiarize any of the written portions, and I will not lie about, or
exaggerate, any part of the 20-hour portion of the project. I know that those who cheat may not
participate in commencement exercises and possibly will not graduate at all. I also know that I want to
end my high school experience on a positive note, so I do not want to cheat myself out of this

On the following pages, you will find a sample of a Proposal Letter that includes all of the required
information on it. Additionally, you will see a copy of the rubric used to assess it. Make sure that you
follow the format described, include the information required, and attend to all necessary details to attain
acceptable ratings in all areas from your Mentor Teacher.

The Parent Acknowledgement Form is also attached and will need to be completed and submitted at the
time you turn in your Letter of Proposal. No Project work may be logged or authorized until your Letter
of Proposal and Parent Acknowledgement are submitted and approved by your Mentor Teacher.

                                        EXAMPLE PROPOSAL LETTER
                Current date

                Your Academic Mentor’s Name and Title
                Lewis and Clark High School
                521 W. 4th Ave.
                Spokane, WA 99204

                Dear Ms./Mr. Academic Mentor:

                Cars are a lu xu ry desired by people all around the world. The benefits of own ing a car are nu merous; yet,
                the environmental impact can no longer be ignored. W ith the hole in the ozone layer in South America,
*Topic          outrageous gas prices, and general destruction of our earth, I have a powerful desire to encourage change. I
                have been interested in cars for a very long time. My goal is to rebuild a Vo lkswagen diesel engine so that
                it can run on an alternative fuel source and be able to teach others to do the same.

*Learning       Though I do have previous experience working with automobiles, the project will definitely be a learning
                stretch for me because I have little knowledge about alternative fuel sources, vehicle mod ification, and
                government laws and regulations. I want to make an impact that will help protect our environment now and
                in the future.

                I plan to research alternative fuels and power sources. Clean burning alternative fuels that are nontoxic and
*Research       biodegradable are already available in all 50 states, but why do so few people know about it or use it? I
                understand that the auto industry and the United States government have some plans for supporting the
                creation and use of more fuel efficient vehicles. I will gather information fro m the internet, public libraries,
                automotive experts and environmental agencies. At this time, my plan is to work with an automotive shop
                that specializes in imports.

  *Product      I want to modify a Vo lkswagen diesel engine so that it can run on an alternative fuel. This will be putting
                the results of my research into practice as I train myself to equip cars already out on the streets to run on
                less harmfu l fuel. My Product will be the appropriatel y modified Volkswagen diesel engine.

                “I understand that honesty and integrity are important characteristics of an upstanding citizen. As such, I
*Plagiarism     will demonstrate these qualities by committing to accuracy and honesty on all parts of the Cul minating
                Project; this means I will not plagiarize any of the written portions, and I will not lie about, or exaggerate,
                any part of the 20-hour portion of the project. I know that those who cheat may not participate in
                commencement exercises, and possibly will not graduate at all. I also know that I want to end my h igh
                school experience on a positive note, so I would not want to cheat myself out of this opportunity.”
 *Clos ing
 Sentence       Thank you for considering this project. I look forward to sharing the results of my e ndeavor with you.


                Elsie Tiger
                1313 Mockingbird Lane
                Spokane, WA 90210

                             PROPOSAL LETTER RUBRIC
Student Name:                                                                 Student #:_____
                     Last                       First
Advisor:                                        Date: _________

Signature of Acceptance: _______________________________________________________


                                Goal/Topic: The product or performance should be defined
                                and a quality proposal statement should be in this paragraph.
                                This paragraph should describe the topic or focus of both the
                                paper and the product or performance. Include here the
                                research you propose to do that will lead to the successful
                                completion of the product or performance.

                                Learning Stretch, Experience and Interest: This paragraph
                                should include justification of why the selected product or
                                performance will stretch your learning. Describe prior
                                background, knowledge, skills and talents.

                __________      Resources: This paragraph explains the materials and
                                information sources the writer plans to use. Details will include
                                projected costs.

                               Product/Pe rformance: This paragraph clearly describes the
                               Product or Performance the student will create during
                               completion of the Project.

                __________      Plagiaris m: This paragraph clearly indicates that the writer
                                understands the expected ethical behavior and the penalty for
                                any violation.

                __________      Conventions: Zero spelling errors and follows rules of
                                grammar and punctuation.

FORMAT: Complete as Y (Yes) or N (No)
____ Letter Typed; ____ Block Style; ____ Margins (1”); ____ Correct Heading; ____ Date
____ Inside Address; ___ Salutation; ____ Signature Block; ____ Met Deadline; ____

Student Name:                                                                      Student #:
                       Last                          First
Mentor Teache r:                                                 Date:
                           Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment

As a parent/guardian, I recognize that all parts of the Culminating Project are
requirements for graduation from Spokane Public Schools, and I intend to support my
student throughout the process. Failure to satisfactorily complete all requirements of the
Culminating Project will result in the student failing to meet this graduation requirement.

I understand that the project must be a product or performance which takes a minimum of
20 hours outside of school time to complete. The project should challenge my student’s
current skills and knowledge and stretch his/her learning.

I fully understand that it is my student’s responsibility to select the project topic and it is
not the school’s responsibility to assign a topic. The school will determine whether or
not a student’s topic is appropriate.

Any academic dishonesty by the student on any part of the project may result in the
student failing the Culminating Project and forfeiting graduation in June.

I have read the proposal letter. If the project is to be altered or changed, the student must
write a revised letter.

               Parent/Guardian Signature                                       Date

                       Home Phone                                           Work Phone

                                    Cell Phone

                                 Email Address

Student Name:                                                                 Student #:
                      Last                           First
Advisor: ___________________________________ Page_______of                _______


The purpose of the Learning Log is for the student to record his or her authentic work to
complete the project. Students must use the format below to account for a minimum of
20 hours of time. The log must be submitted to the advisor and placed in the project


Date & Activity     Time Spent      Narrative description Reflections on process and
                    on Activity      of activity (must be product (include feedback
                                    detailed enough that   from peers, parents, and
                                     your work could be    others) Explain how the
                                    duplicated using the     activity represented a
                                              log)               stretch for you.


                The Researched or I-Searched Paper

The Researched Paper will demonstrate your ability
to access sources and interpret meaning, organize           At the time of your
thoughts, analyze new knowledge and findings, form           Presentation, you
reasoned judgments and conclusions, write with skill
and communicate effectively what you have learned.           will need to place
                                                             your Paper and its
The I-Search Paper chronicles your journey of                   successfully
creating your Project’s Product/Performance and the
research you had to do to create it. Ideally, this search   assessed rubric into
process will allow you to acquire a greater depth of          your Portfolio.
understanding on the topic you want to pursue for
your Project.

Requirements for the Researched Paper:

   The research paper will be 4-6 pages long, typed and double-spaced

   - Internet/electronic databases
   - Magazines, newspapers, journals, books, or other printed materials
                                        to your Culminating Project’s


Take thorough notes during your research; this will help yo u when you write the actual
paper. Notes can include summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations of sources.
Create an outline that includes topics, subtopics, and key information. Write at least one
rough draft that allows you to edit and revise your work. Rough drafts can be written or

     Students may submit a Research Paper or an I-Search Paper. Consult with your
        Mentor Teacher to determine which paper type you should plan to submit.

               See NEXT PAGE for more information on the I-SEARCH PAPER.

                                 The I-Search Paper
The research assignment for your Culminating Project is to write an I-Search paper. You
will start this paper before you complete the project as you will need to do some research
to develop your Product/Performance. However, the I-Search Paper is also a “reflective”
document that asks you to think about what you learned from the experience as you look
back and reflect on it. Make sure that you finish the Paper after the Product/Performance
is complete. The I-Search, then, becomes a story of the entire Culminating Project
process. This style of paper allows you to personalize your research to fit your particular
interests and needs, as well as write from a narrative point of view.

Like traditional research papers, you must use proper citations,          CHECK IT OUT!
and for this you need to follow the MLA style. Be sure to cite         www.citationmachine.n
sources, use quotation marks around verbatim excerpts, give            et is a great resource for
credit for all ideas that are not your own, and include a                 MLA style citation
correctly formatted Works Cited Page.                                            writing.

Unlike traditional research, you will actually use the word “I.” An I-Search paper
chronicles your journey of creating your product, and the research yo u had to do to create
it. Ideally, this search process will allow you to acquire a greater depth of understanding
on your topic.

1. My Questions--What I Already Know, and What I Want to Know:
In this section, you will describe what you already knew about the topic, why you were
interested in it, and what questions you began with. Some questions to guide your work
in this section include the following:
             o Why have I chosen this topic?
             o What product will I create, and how does it relate to this research topic?
             o What do I already know about this topic?
             o What do I wonder about? What questions do I have? On what particular
                 question do I want to focus?
             o What do I want to “discover” in order to answer my major question?

In this section, you will probably not cite any research, as it really is just the introduction
to your actual work. However, you might refer to particular sources that “hooked” you in
terms of interest or from which you have gained the knowledge you already have.

This section should be at least several paragraphs long and provide the reader with a
clear sense of why you’re researching your topic, how it relates to creating your product,
what you already know, and what you hope to find out. You may be expected to turn in
this section of your I-Search paper to your teacher before beginning your research in
order to be certain that you are on track for the I-Search assignment.

2. My Search Process – How I Prepared to Create the Product:
In this section, you will describe your actual research “journey.” You will need to
describe the sequence of steps that you go through as you research your topic, on your
way to creating your product. You might talk about:
              What sources you began with (how these helped or not)
              New sources as you find them
              What new questions crop up as you learn more
              What frustrations you encounter along the way.
This is also the section where you talk about the help and assistance that you get from
others, i.e. primary sources: mentors and other people you interview. You should explain
your research methods and actually talk about specific sites and sources. Be sure to
include your reflections in this section.

Example Sentence Starters:
                  When I went to the library, I looked at…
                  On the Internet, I found three articles that…
                  I interviewed someone who works in this profession and…
                  I soon found that…

In order to complete this section, you will need to keep notes and log your work as you
go. Failure to do so will make this section very difficult to do well. Your learning log
will be a valuable resource for this section, so keep detailed notes.

            This section of your paper should be several paragraphs long.

3. What I Have Learned in Completing the Product/Search Results:
This section allows you to focus on what you have learned as a result of completing your
product. In it you will answer:
            o What findings or conclusions have I arrived at?
            o What sources have I used to come to these conclusions?

You need to be sure to cite your sources here! Be careful to connect what you have
learned to the question(s) you posed in the first section of your paper. You might use
comparison/contrast, pro/con, cause/effect, or sequencing as formats to demonstrate your
             After doing the product, I discovered that…                Direct quotes must
                                                                           ALWAYS be in
             I was correct in thinking that…
             I was confused or mistaken about…                           quotation marks.

Be certain to use MLA docume ntation in this section and cite your sources correctly.
You should use a minimum of 4 sources and NO reference works (like encyclopedias or
dictionaries). Also, since this section focuses on what you’ve learned, you will generally
need about three citations per page or one per paragraph. Personal interviews do count as

     This is probably the longest section of your paper—2 to 4 pages in length.

4. What This Means to Me/My Growth:
This section provides the opportunity for you to reflect on how you have grown during
the process. You should personalize your new learning and explain how it impacts your
thinking on the topic. Draw conclusions from what you have discovered. Explain what
else you would still like to know (unanswered questions).

The following statements may help guide your thinking:
   o What I now know that I didn’t know before includes…
   o The findings that mean the most to me are…
   o What I’ve learned will affect me and my senior project by…
   o As a result of this research, I’ve decided to…

                 Length for this section should be several paragraphs.

5. References:
You will need to cite your sources in two ways. First, you will need to properly cite
sources throughout your paper. Also, it is essential that you include a properly formatted
(MLA Style) Works Cited Page at the end of your paper. You will need to carefully
document ALL SOURCES you use throughout your I-Search process in order to
complete this task correctly. From day one, you need to keep a list going of all Internet
sites, all reference materials, all people you interview, and any other media sources that
you use. You should do so in your Learning Log.

The MLA Handbook, 6th ed., by Joseph Gibaldi, is a good resource to use in order to be
certain that you use the correct format for all of your sources. Several other online
sources may also help you, one of which is the Write Source site,

       There are several other MLA websites, so a GOOGLE search will help !

Helpful Reminders:

• EDITING IS CRUCIAL: Do not rely entirely on Spell Check! Read and re-read your
  work for correct spelling, punctuation, tense, word choice, and sentence fluency. Have
  others read your paper to make suggestions or corrections. Reading it aloud is the
  BEST way to catch many of your punctuation and sentence fluency problems.
• Do NOT wait until the last minute.
• Keep an ACCURATE LOG going of your research. If you don’t do this, you will find
  it virtually impossible to complete the second section of the paper.
• If you get stuck, remember the paper’s ultimate purpose: to tell the story of what you
  did to create your product.

Student Name________________________________________        Mentor Name _______________
                 Last                     First
                              I-SEARCH RUBRIC (CONTENT)


  Meets Standard        Needs                                 STANDARD
                                      Introduction: Introduces topic
                                      Previous knowledge : Explains what student already knows
                                      about the topic
                                      Research question: Narrows/focuses the topic with a clear
                                      research question. Tells about what the student wants to know.


  Meets Standard        Needs                                 STANDARD
                                      Sequence of research steps : Includes sequence of research
                                      Materials and resources: Describes materials and resources
                                      Evaluation of materials and resources : Evaluates materials
                                      and resources


  Meets Standard        Needs                                 STANDARD
                               Findings: focuses on discoveries made as a result of the
                               creation of the product/performance
                               Analysis: evaluates the discoveries made and assesses their
                               Citations: All sources cited in text and easily located in
                               works cited.

Meets Standard          Needs                                 STANDARD
                                      Reflection/Personal response to information: Explains how
                                      the new information affects thinking/actions
                                      Challenges: Describes how challenges met led to growth

  Meets Standard        Needs                                 STANDARD
                                      Number and types of sources: Lists at least 4 sources of
                                      required types

                           CULMINATING PROJECT
                        I-SEARCH RUBRIC (FORMAT)
Proper heading on 1st        At standard                          Not at standard
Student’s name,
instructor’s name, name
of class, date
Length of paper in 12 pt     At standard                          Not at standard
font (5-8 pages not
ing works cited page)
4 section headings           At standard                          Not at standard
Double spaced                At standard                          Not at standard
1 inch margins on all        At standard                          Not at standard
Header on each page          At standard                           Not at standard
except 1st: Student’s last
name and page #
Works Cited begins on        At standard                          Not at standard
separate page

    Overall assessment:                  At standard                 Not at standard

    Mentor Signature of Final Paper Approval:

    Note: Student Papers May Not Be Entered Into Portfolios Without
    Signature of Approval

    Note: There is an entire sample I-Search paper on the website for your review. It conta ins
    all of the elements described above. You may download it or review it online for more

                                   The Portfolio
The Portfolio is the evidence of your learning. In this polished piece you will keep all of
the work that you have done for this project. When it is complete, give your neat and
complete Portfolio to your Mentor Teacher to review. S/he will help you determine if it
is complete. You will bring your completed Portfolio to your Presentation to show to the

Plan to submit your Portfolio to your Mentor Teacher in plenty of time (AT LEAST ONE
     WEEK BEFORE YOUR PRESENTATION) for it to be reviewed and returned
                          to you for any necessary alterations.

At Presentation, you will turn over your complete and Mentor-approved Portfolio to the
judges. They will have you leave the room while they review it and become familiar with
your topic. When you return after a few moments to make your Presentation, the judges
will then better understand what sorts of questions they may wish to ask and what sort of
information they should anticipate from you.

Your Portfolio is a collection of evidence documenting your progress on the Culminating
Project. Your Portfolio is due the day of your Presentation and may be viewed by your
panel judges and attending audience. Make sure it is neat, organized, and well presented.


      Title Page

      Table of Contents

      Proposal Letter
             Rubric with Mentor Signature

      Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment Form

      Learning Logs

      I-Search or Researched Paper
             Rubric with Mentor Signature

      Works Consulted/Works Cited Page

      Documentation such as receipts for PowerPoints, DVDs, expenditures, interview
       notes, photographs of student working on the Culminating Project, and any
       further documentation you wish to include.

Student Name:____________________________      Student #:________________
                  Last                   First
Advisor:                                                   Date:
                            CULMINATING PROJECT

                                 Portfolio Guidelines

Your Portfolio is a collection of evidence documenting your progress on the Culminating
Project. Your Portfolio is due the day of your presentation and may be viewed by your
presentation panel and attending audience. Make sure it is neat, organized, and well

Portfolio Checklist

      Title Page

      Table of Contents

      Proposal Letter
             Rubric with Mentor Signature

      Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment Form

      Learning Log

      I-Search or Researched Paper
             Rubric with Mentor Signature

      Works Consulted/Works Cited Page

      Documentation such as receipts for PowerPoints, DVDs, expenditures, interview
       notes, photographs of student working on the Culminating Project, and any
       further documentation you wish to include.

Mentor Signature of Final Portfolio Approval:


                                  The Presentation
Now you are ready to present your project and all of its components to a panel of judges. This
is your time to strut your stuff! You are going to prove to a panel of judges that you reached
your goal and learned what you wanted to learn. The panel of judges will consist of at least 2
members from Lewis & Clark High School and/or the community. These judges will read and
preview your Portfolio before your Presentation so they are familiar with you and your project.
At your presentation, you will demonstrate to the judges what you did and what you learned
during your project. They will use a rubric to offer feedback and assessment.

This presentation is a professional experience for all. You will be prepared for this even, as
will the judges. After having practiced your presentation in front of friends/family, you should
receive feedback on your presentation skills and content.

      Some Mentor Teachers may wis h you to present in class so that other students
        can learn from your project. Other may want you to sign up for one of the
             presentation time available in February, March, April, and May.

Before the presentation you will:

    Give the portfolio to your Mentor Teacher AT LEAST ONE WEEK before the
     presentation so they may review it.
    Complete and organize your portfolio.
    Prepare all parts of your presentation.
    Practice your presentation and seek advice.
    Practice your presentation on your peers and/or family and in front of a mirror.

At the Presentation you will:

    Arrive early.
    Dress professionally for your presentation.                         REMEMBER
                                                                  This project is about YOU
    Bring necessary materials, such as your product,
                                                                  and you are the star of this
     results from your performance, visuals, etc. Make
                                                                    show. Be proud of what
     sure all technology and other required presentation
                                                                       you have done and
     aids are ready and working.
                                                                   remember that who YOU
    Introduce yourself and your project as a whole.
                                                                       are and what YOU
    Explain what your goal for the project was and how
                                                                  learned are of importance.
     you reached it.                                               The judges are excited to
    Define your learning stretch and explain what you               hear about what YOU
     learned.                                                         have done and what
    Speak at a slow pace and with a strong and clear                 YOU have learned.

Student Name:                                                                 Student #:
                       Last                       First
Advisor:                                                    Date:
                              CULMINATING PROJECT

                                  Presentation Rubric

In order to successfully complete the presentation e lement of the Culminating Project,
judges must be “convinced” that answers to the following questions are discussed by the
student in the presentation.

   Essential Questions        Present     Not                   Comments
Why did the student do

What did the student

What did the student

How did the         student

                                   Presentation Skills

For the purposes of providing feedback, which presentation skills were observed?

                                                                    Yes ()
Appropriate attire
Answered additional questions well
Eye contact
Time management during presentation

                                              THE END!
             So there you have it! The Project is complete and you are ready to graduate. Go be
                   fabulous and enjoy your status as a Ready- for-the-World Graduate of
                               Lewis & Clark High School, Class of 2010!

             1. My Mentor Teacher is: _______________________

             2. His/her email address is: ______________________

             3. My P roposal Letter and Parent Acknowledgement forms

                 are due: _____________

             4. My 20 hours of work on the Project and Logs should be

                 done on: _____________

             5. My Paper should be turned in to my Mentor by:


             6. My entire Portfolio should be submitted to my Mentor

                 by: ____________

             7. My P resentation is scheduled for: _________________

Use the rest of the blank space in this manual to brainstorm Project ideas, make notes, or however it
would help you most.


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