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					                                       North Lawndale College Prep Charter HS, 2010-2011
                      Senior Project Essay and Presentation Preparation Stages: Due Dates
                                    Lauren Gruber, Tim Bouman, 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 Ms. Mapp of the Development Office.

                                     Stages and Deadlines (Red=Adjusted dates)
            Stage                                                                         Due Dates
1.  Select Internal NLCP Mentor (Mentor must agree)                                    October 22, 2010
2.  With Mentor, Determine Initial Driving Question                                    October 29, 2010
3.  Topic Area Research/Create Topic Map Worksheet                                     November 9-10, 2010
4.  Topic Map Prezi                                                                    November 18, 2010
5.  1st Meeting with NLCP-appointed Outside Expert on Topic (1st Intersession)         November 22-23, 2010
6.  FSM Documentary Information Session                                                November 22-23, 2010
7.  Written Reflection on Topic — after Meeting with Expert                            December 3, 2010
8.  FSM Application Due                                                                December 3, 2010
9.  1st Half of the Following Research and Emerging Claim:                             January 21, 2011
    Research Sourcecards (at least 3 sources explore opposition)
           Primary Sources (2+):
                 Interview (either personal or transcripts from radio/tv)
                         with appropriately qualified “expert”
           Secondary Sources (9+, student picks extras):
                 2 books
                 3 academic journal articles
                 3 periodical articles
                 1 internet reference (hub) site
    Research Notecards (at least 3 sources explore opposition)
            Primary Sources (2+):
                 Film (10 each film = 10+ total)
                 Interview (20 each interview = 20+ total)
           Secondary Sources (9+, student picks optional extras):
                 2 books (25 each book = 50+ total)
                 3 academic journal articles (10 each article = 30+ total)
                 3 periodical articles (10 each article = 30+ total)
                 1 internet reference (hub) site 5 each article (worksheet)
10. 2 Meeting with NLCP-appointed Outside Expert on Topic                              January 26, 2011
11. 2nd Half of the Above Research and the Claim                                       February 9, 2011
12. Outline                                                                            February 17, 2011
13. 1st Full Draft of Essay                                                            February 24, 2011
14. Final Draft of Essay                                                               February 28, 2011
15. Cover Letter (Metacognitive component)                                             February 28, 2011
16. Presentation Outline                                                               March 2, 2011
17. Presentation: 1st Practice                                                         March 4, 2011

          Presentation to Independent Panel of Judges (2nd Intersession)                        March 8-12, 2011
          Presentation (for those seniors in the Free Spirit Media SP course)                   April 11-30, 2011

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