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					                                               North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School
                                                       Senior Project Calendar
                                                                 2011-2012

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 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 who will be responsible for determining your final Senior Project grade.

                                                         Stages and Deadlines
            Stage                                                                                   Due Dates
1.   Select Internal NLCP Mentor (Mentor must agree)                                             October 21, 2011
2.   With Mentor, Determine Discipline-based Driving Question                                    October 28, 2011
3.   Topic Area Research/Create Topic Map Worksheet                                              November 8-9, 2011
4.   1st Meeting with NLCP-appointed Outside Expert                                              November 21, 2011 (1st Intersession)
5.   Free Spirit Media Documentary Information Session                                           November 21, 2011 (1st Intersession)
6.   Written Reflection on Topic — after Meeting with Expert                                     December 2, 2011
7.   Free Spirit Media Documentary Course Application Due                                        December 2, 2011
8.   1st Half of the Following Research and Emerging Claim:                                      January 23, 2012

    A. Research Source List (at least 3 sources explore opposition)
    B. Research Notecards
          Primary Sources (2+): (20 total note cards)
                Examples: Teacher-approved Documentary Film, Radio Documentary, Interview (either personal or
                transcripts from radio/tv) with appropriately qualified “expert”
          Secondary Sources (8+, student picks extras):
                2 books (50 total note cards)
                3 academic journal articles (30 total note cards)
                3 periodical articles (e.g., newspaper, magazine) (30 total note cards)
                1 internet reference (hub) site (5 total note cards)
     nd
9. 2 Meeting with Expert (with Mini-Outline)                                      January 25, 2012
     nd
10. 2 Half of the Above Research and the Claim                                    February 10, 2012
11. Outline                                                                       February 22, 2012
     st
12. 1 Full Draft of Essay                                                         March 2, 2012
13. Final Draft of Essay                                                          March 12, 2012
14. Presentation Outline                                                          March 13, 2012
15. Presentation: Practice for Class                                              March 14-23, 2012
16. Free Spirit Media Documentary Editing                                         March 27-30, 2012 (2nd Intersession)
17. Presentation to Independent Panel of Judges                                   March 27-30, 2012 (2nd Intersession)
18. Cover Letter (Metacognitive component)                                        April 13, 2012
19. Presentation to Independent Panel of Judges and Filmmakers                    April 23-May 7, 2012
          (for those seniors in the Free Spirit Media Documentary Course)
20. FSM Cover Letter (Metacognitive component)                                                   May 7, 2012

				
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