HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PROJECT SURVIVAL GUIDE Created and compiled by Karen Cusolito, NBCT September 2009 TABLE OF CONTENTS ADVISORY GUIDE GRADE 12 SENIOR PROJECT Part 1 Welcome to Your Senior Project Page 1. Do It Yourself: The Ultimate Independent Project……………….. 1 2. Senior Project Speak: A Vocabulary List………………………… 2 3. I Need Help: Getting the Support You Need…………...………… 3 4. FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)………………..4 Part 2 Your Senior Project Letter of Intent Page 1. I Need a Topic…………………………………………………….5 2. Breaking Down the Letter of Intent………………………………6 3. Letter of Intent Format……………………………………………7 4. Sample Letter……………………………………………………..8 Part 3 Your Research Paper Page 1. Research Paper Guidelines………………………………………….9 2. Guide to Sources, References, Work Cited Page………………….10 3. Research Paper Format Guidelines………………………………..11 4. Avoiding Plagiarism from Bedford/St. Martin’s…………… ……12 5. Senior Paper Rubric……………………………………………….13 Part 4 Your Senior Product Page 1. 20 Hour Time Sheet…..…………………………………………...14 2. Senior Product Rubric…………………………………………….1.5 Part 5 Your Senior Presentation Page 1. Senior Presentation Guidelines……………………………………16 Part 6 Consent Form Page 1. Senior Project Consent Form……………………………………...17 PART I: INTRODUCTION DIY: Do It Yourself (The Ultimate Independent Project) For the past 11 years of school, teachers have probably told you what to write about, what to create, what to tell the class about. Have you ever wanted to pursue what interests you? Now you can. Your Senior Project is completed as part of the curriculum in Expository Composition, that is, writing that explains. Your English teacher will guide along the way, but the most important decisions will be your own. You will choose a topic, design a product, find a mentor. If you choose a topic you are truly excited about, your Senior Project can be fun, exciting and challenging. If you choose a topic that doesn’t really appeal to you, your Senior Project will be boring, stressful and difficult. Students are encouraged to select topics that accomplish one or more of the following: maintain interest and enthusiasm lend themselves to active participation demonstrate problem solving stretch the student intellectually solve a community problem relate to a societal issue involve a volunteer work connect across the curriculum relate to a future career The Senior Project acts as a bridge between high school and college and/or a career. Each student is expected to write a research paper on a chosen topic and apply the knowledge they gain in a 20-hour independent project. At the end of the semester, students present what they learned to a panel of judges and turn in a portfolio of work to their teacher. The following pages are designed to guide you through the Senior Project, one that will make you say, “Finally, a chance to do this,” instead of “I guess this will work.” Page 1 Senior Project Speak: A Vocabulary List Some of the following terms may be new; some you may already be familiar with. Let’s take a look. Annotated Work Cited Page: a list of sources you used, and how you used them. (How you used them makes it an annotated Work Cited Page) Citation: shows the reader where you got your information Evidence of Research: notes taken from your sources on note cards, to be available any time your English teacher requires Fifth-year Senior: what you will be if you don’t complete your project! Letter of Intent: a business format letter that describes your Senior Project Mentor: an adult with expertise in your area of research who helps you through the rough patches (this does not include friends or relatives) MLA Style: Modern Language Association is the style used in college English papers Plagiarism: intentionally or unintentionally using the words or ideas of another as your own. This occurs when you fail to cite your sources properly, or worse, cut and paste from the Internet. Portfolio: consists of your research paper, 20-hour project log, presentation evaluations and any other artifacts you wish to include Research Paper: a 7-10 page paper, analytical or argumentative in nature Senior Presentation: a 7-10 minute oral presentation that allows you to explain what you learned to an audience of interested adults and peers Senior Product: a hands-on learning experience that you design and spend 20 hours outside of the classroom physically learning about your topic Time Log: where you keep track of the hours spent on your Senior Product Page 2 I Need Help: Getting the Support You Need The many tasks associated with the Senior Project may seem daunting, but there are many people at Hollywood High School who are willing to assist you. Don’t be afraid to ask for their help. You advisory teacher may have ideas about finding a mentor or researching your topic. Your advisory teacher will also regularly check on your progress. Your mentor is a valuable asset. Ask for guidance when you get stuck, but don’t overwhelm him or her or you run the risk of becoming a pest. The school media specialist (also known as the librarian) can also help you find information for your research. Other teachers and staff, particularly within your Small Learning Community, may be a source of ideas for finding mentors, researching topics or preparing for presentations. Your family members may also provide a new set of eyes for looking at your project. Be sure to let them know what you are doing. After-school tutoring may be available. Stay tuned to announcements, flyers and the school bulletin for updates. While there are may people available to help you, it is ultimately your responsibility to meet deadlines and complete tasks as required by your teacher. Page 3 FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions Is the Senior Project required? Yes, every senior at Hollywood High School needs to complete a Senior Project in order to graduate. Those enrolled in AP English Literature will complete their project after the AP Exam is over in May. Why should I want to do a Senior Project? This is your chance to become an expert in something that you are curious about. Every Senior Project includes a research paper, a product (a self- designed application of what you’ve learned from your research paper) and a presentation (a chance to share your experience with others). Where do I start? You start in your Expository Composition class (English 12A) under your teacher’s instructions. You may do some brainstorming activities in class or for homework. Once you’ve firmly decided on a topic, you will write a Letter of Intent, a business-format letter that outlines your plans. The following pages include details and an example to get you started. When will I find the time? We know seniors are busy with school, sports, jobs, and other extracurricular activities. That’s why time management is key. Your English teacher may give you calendar copies for you to keep track of deadlines, or you may use your agenda issued in advisory class. What if I fall behind? The best way to keep up is to attend class every day. If you are out of school sick and find yourself struggling to keep up, talk to your English teacher. You may be able to catch up during your advisory or after-school tutoring. I still have questions. Who can I ask? If your English teacher is not available, you can ask your advisory teacher or your guidance counselor. If they don’t know the answer, ask them if they can find out. Page 4 PART 2 SELECTING A TOPIC WRITING YOUR LETTER OF INTENT Selecting a topic Answering the following questions will help you select a topic for your Senior Project: What are your goals in life? What careers are you interested in pursuing? What political issues do you feel strongly about? What changes would you like to see in your community, country, or the world? What organizations interest you? What are your talents and hobbies? Still unsure about a topic? Trust your interests and passions. If you had one million dollars, what would you do with it? Now downsize that into something that would work for your Senior Project. Your English teacher can help you narrow your topic. Sample Paper/Projects Creationism vs Evolution/Presented findings to six biology classes Musical arranging/Wrote original song for an orchestra Funding techniques used for charities/Raised $6,000 for Make a Wish Foundation Feminism in the 21st Century/Started a feminist club on campus Evaluation of running as a form of physical conditioning/Completed a marathon The success of Latinos in LA politics/Campaign for a local Latino politician. The impact of pesticides on vegetables/Plant and harvest an organic garden. Page 5 Breaking Down the Letter of Intent* Paragraph 1: Describe the general area of interest and why you have chosen this area. Explain what you already know or have accomplished in this area. Explain why you are interested in this topic. Do you have any experience related to this topic? If your experience is extensive then this might not be a good topic for you. Paragraph 2: Include the specific research your paper will focus on some of the ideas you hope to include and what will be possible resources. How will you learn more about this top and what will your paper focus on? What questions do you want to answer as you complete this paper? What sources will you use (books, articles, interviews, websites, etc)? Paragraph 3: Begin with a transitional sentence showing the relation- ship between your paper and your product. Then de- scribe your product, who’s involved, potential costs, potential time spent and possible resources. How will the research you do on your paper relate to creating your product? List any supplies and possible people that you will need help from. Will creating this product challenge you? Paragraph 4: Explain your understanding of plagiarism and the reper- cussions of such an act. Describe plagiarism in your own words and vow that you will not plagiarize! *Adapted from Santee Education Complex Senior Project Student Survival Guide Page 6 Letter of Intent Format Your Street address Your City, State, Zip Today’s Date Senior Project Committee Member School Street address School City, State, Zip Dear Senior Project Committee Member: Paragraph 1: Describe the general area of interest, for example: history, music, art, and why you have chosen this area. Explain what you already know or have accomplished in this area. Paragraph 2: Include the specific research your paper will focus on, some of the ideas you hope to include and what will be possible resources. Paragraph 3: Begin with a transitional sentence showing the relation- ship between your paper and your product. Describe your product, who’s involved, potential costs, potential time spent, and possible resources. Paragraph 4: Explain your understanding of plagiarism and the reper- cussions of such an act. Sincerely, Signature Your Name (typed) Page 7 Sample Letter 600 S. McCadden Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90019 October 12, 2008 Hollywood High School 1521 North Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 Dear Senior Project Committee Member: My dream is to go to New York and study journalism, and one day work for a prestigious magazine. My passion is writing and expressing my opinion and personality in my writing. I am an effective communicator and I am able to socialize with different kinds of people. I want to major in journalism, and have a bachelor’s degree in public relations. I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Crimson Chronicle, our high school newspaper, and already I have made positive and practical changes that will add to the credibility and efficiency of the newspaper. I am a natural leader, and I will always strive for what I want to accomplish in my life. Unlike other seniors, the Senior Project is not something I dread, but rather it is something I look forward to, I was able to choose a topic right away because I am excited about this, and already I have so many ideas. My Senior Project topic is a chance for me to put together my talent in creativity, journalism, and effective marketing. Every time I buy a magazine, I notice that every model is skinny and that some of the merchandise (clothes, jewelry, make- up, etc.) is expensive, and things most girls are not able to afford. My physical project will be to put together a magazine that appeals to all teenage girls, regardless of their physical appearance, personal type, or social status. I want to know what these girls want to see in a magazine, so I plan to conduct surveys in different areas, and ask girls what their ideal magazine would contain, and the things they do not like about the magazines that are currently in circulation. I plan to do all the photography myself, I will include models that are thick, thin, tall, short, etc. A magazine should be able to elevate a girl’s self esteem regardless of her body, and communicate with them at personal level. I am well aware that my project will take time and hard work, but I am willing to do it all because not only will I enjoy it, but I will make a difference by communicating with teenagers who live in the same world as I do, and have the same questions and fears I have. My research paper will focus on the influence magazines have over today’s youth, and the unhealthy and superficial image that these magazine categorize as normal. Simply flipping through some of the most popular magazines can automatically make a girl feel insecure and depressed. The reality of my generation is that we are materialistic, and magazines only enforce this idea. I guarantee that I will not plagiarize, and that all the work I will present will be original, and will be a result of my own ideas and beliefs. Sincerely, Anastasia Gulaff Page 8 PART 3 YOUR RESEARCH PAPER Researching overview 1. Determine your topic, making sure it is not too broad or narrow. Determine if your paper is Argumentative (Thesis Statement) or Analytical (Research Question). 1. OWL - Argumentative (Thesis Statement) or Analytical (Research Question) 2. Graphic Organizer - KWL Chart for Senior Project 3. Developing a Research Question (A comprehensive website) 2. Pre-search - Familiarize yourself with your topic. Read an article from an encyclopedia to get an overview of the topic. 3. Determine your sub-topics. Review encyclopedia articles, or books to see how the topic is broken up to help you determine your sub-topics 4. Select your resources. Remember you are never committed to one and can delete or add a resource at another time 5. Read and take notes 6. Organize your notes 7. Write your rough draft and revise 8. Word process your final draft 9. Write a work cited page 10. Submit to teacher Thoroughly understand what you are being asked to do and define your topic to meet the requirements of your assignment: Understand the assignment Find a topic and brainstorm ideas Narrow and/or broaden the topic as necessary Get an overview to help determine key names, dates, and concepts Decide whether or not the assignment will be Argumentative (Thesis Statement) or Analytical (Research Question) Different Types of Paper (Argumentative & Analytical) 1. Exploratory/ perspective - indicates an informative, exploratory perspective, representing a variety of viewpoints related to a particular issue. 2. Persuasive (supports a conclusion) - makes a forceful statement using proof to persuade the reader of a particular viewpoint. This type of paper requires objectivity, honest portrayal of evidence, and support for the position advocated. 3. Comparison/ Contrast - compares and contrasts one 'thing' to another. 4. Problem/ solution - informatively addresses a problem, previews several solutions, and then endorses one. 5. Parallel - draws an inference or prediction based upon similarities of events or conditions. Page 9 Guide to Sources, References, Work Cited Sources When you are searching for information on your topic, you can access a variety of resources that can help meet your needs. The two types of formats that are available are Print and Non-Print (Electronic) sources. Print formats: books, references, magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, etc. o ACCENT (HHS Online Book Catalog) Non-Print (electronic) formats: online/electronic resources, videos, software, etc... o Digital Library (Electronic Databases) Citing Sources, Plagiarism & Copyright Don't forget to cite your sources! When you paraphrase an author or quote an author directly, you MUST credit the source. You must also cite another person's work if you use his or her ideas, information, data, evidence or style of presentation. When in doubt, CITE! Citations should be a mixture of summary, direct quotation and paraphrase. Follow your English teacher’s directions on this. Any source cited in the research paper must be listed on the Work Cited page. No source may be listed on the Work Cited page that was not cited in the paper. pdf *OSLIS Middle and High School: MLA Citation Maker *Son of Citation Machine: Citation Machine UCLA's website offers a nice little tutorial on Citing Sources. Page 10 Research Paper Format Guidelines Use MLA Format only 1. Some key rules in formatting 1. Font: use standard, easy to read font (e.g., Times Roman or Courier) and size (12 point) 2. Standard, white 8 x 11 inch paper. 3. Leave only one space after period or other punctuation marks. 4. Print only one side of paper. 5. Double-space the text of your paper. 6. Set the margin of all sides to 1 inch. 7. For more comprehensive information, use this link - The OWL at Purdue 2. Sample 1 Source: Diana Hacker (What the paper should look like) 3. Sample 2 Source: Dallas County Community Colleges (What the paper should look like) 4. HHS Student Sample Page 11 Rubric for Research Papers D - Novice C - Intermediate B - Proficient A - Distinguished Weak introduction Introduction is Introduction is well Introduction is unique and evident written & interesting effective No argumentative thesis Weak argumentative Argumentative thesis Focused, well developed statement thesis evident argumentative thesis Minimal idea Unelaborated idea Idea development Depth and complexity of development, limited development; supported by relevant ideas supported by engaging, and/or unrelated details unelaborated and/or details and/or pertinent details; repetitious details evidence of analysis, reflection and insight Few references Some references Use of references Use of references shows shows ample research substantial research Incorrect or lack of topic Simplistic &/or Controlled & varied Variety of sentence and/or transition sentences awkward sentence sentence structure structure and length poor sentence structure structure Incorrect &/or ineffective Simplistic and/or Acceptable, effective Precise, rich language language use imprecise language language Errors in grammar & Some errors in Few errors in Control of format features, format (e.g., spelling, grammar &/or format grammar or format grammar and punctuation, capitalization, that do not interfere relative to length and punctuation, etc. headings) with communication complexity Random or weak Lapses in focus Logical organization Suitable organization organization and/or coherence Conclusion is weak or Conclusion is Conclusion appropri- Conclusion is convincing nonexistent adequate ate & well written Limited awareness of An attempt to Focused on a Establishes & maintains audience and/or purpose. establish and maintain purpose; evidence of clear focus; evidence of Writer’s voice not evident purpose & communi- voice and/or suitable distinctive and appropriate cate with audience tone. Writer’s voice is tone. Writer’s voice evident Writer’s voice weak evident throughout Only one side of Limited pro and con Pro and con Pros and cons presented argument presented argument arguments presented and proved or disproved MLA format is not MLA format used in MLA format used MLA format is perfect followed part of paper Length requirement not Close to length Length requirement Length requirement met or met requirement met exceeded Page 13 Physical Project Log Task # Activity Location Date # of Minutes Description of Activity Verif. By 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS Name: Senior Product Rubric High Distinction Distinction Meets Expectations Needs Work Multiple Some evidence Evidence No tangible evidence provided showing provided of finished evidence provided Product provided showing progress from start product No evidence of Evidence progress from to finish Evidence of completion – not start to finish Evidence of product shows eligible to present Evidence of finished product completion finished product shows time and shows significant effort time and effort Product- Topic of Topic of paper Topic of paper No relationship paper and product and product and product between topic of paper Topic directly related somewhat related marginally related and product Connection Demonstrates Demonstrates Vague awareness No apparent Learning significant some personal of personal growth personal growth Stretch personal growth growth Vague idea of No use for product Significantly Demonstrates future use of product after presentation demonstrates product’s use to product’s use to individual or individual or community comunity Page 15 PART 5 YOUR PRESENTATION Senior Presentation Guidelines* The purpose of the Senior Presentation is to tell the story of the Senior Project by synthesizing what was learned from the product creation with the information from the paper. It is your chance to describe what you learned to a group of interested adults and peers. Guidelines: The student should explain the process of creating the product and writing the paper. There should be an introduction, body and conclusion. The presentation must include visual or auditory aids such as PowerPoint or iGoogle. The presentation must be 7 to 10 minutes in length including a question and answer period. The presentation should be rehearsed in front of an audience at least three times. You may use note cards or PowerPoint presentation as prompts. This is a formal presentation. Students should dress in business attire. *Adapted from Santee Education Complex Senior Project Student Survival Guide Page 16 Student’s Name: ______________________ SENIOR PROJECT CONSENT FORM: WAIVER AND RELEASE The undersigned does hereby consent for the student under my care to participate in the required Senior Project in Expository Composition (English 12A). I do hereby waive any claim against Hollywood High School or its employees or agents for responsibility concerning any damages or injury resulting from this student’s participation in the Senior Project. It is my understanding that this student will complete all of the required components of the Senior Project for a grade credit and that all components of said project must be completed in accordance with the established time constraints and guidelines in order to receive a grade. Any failure on the part of the student to complete the components of the project will result in a grade of “F” for that part and, if not amended by such date as deemed appropriate by the Advisory Committee, will prohibit any student progress and result in a permanent Fail in Expository Composition (English 12A). I also understand that this course is a graduation requirement. In addition, I agree that any financial responsibility incurred by the Senior Project is the sole responsibility of the aforementioned student. I further agree that, in order to receive maximum credit, this project must demonstrate and observable “learning stretch” showing evidence of educational development and an extension of this student’s existing knowledge in the pursuit of his/her Senior Project. Understanding these conditions, the student under my care has my full support of his/her participation in the following project: Research Paper Topic: ___________________________________________ Physical Product: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ____________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date _______________________________________________ ____________ *Student Signature Date _____________________________________________________ ____________ Teacher’s Signature Date *Legally emancipated students and students over 18 must show documentation of emancipation or proof of age, respectively, in order to participate in the Senior Project without parental approval. Those students are also required to sign and submit this form, thereby accepting the above conditions .