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  1. Graduation Project • Understand the different components of the GP • Brainstorm possible topics

  2. GP Overview Choose a Topic of Interest • Proposal Form – early approval • Proposal Letter – Eng IV • Research Paper – Eng IV • Practical Experience/Product—Eng IV (begin before Eng IV) • Portfolio – Eng IV • Presentation—Eng IV (end of sem)

  3. Topic Selection • Overall Topic of Interest • Research Paper Topic • Practical Experience/Product • Mentor/Expert for Project (Interview, Hours)

  4. Components of Graduation Project • Overall Topic of Interest i.e. Sports, Photography, Animal Welfare • Research Paper Topic Related to Some Aspect of Overall Topic (Honors/AP)—Argumentative/Pro/Con (Standard)—Informational or Argumentative Research-based

  5. Components of Graduation Project • Product/Practical Experience Connected in Some Way to Paper 15+ Hours of Work/Hands-on Activities Examples: Skill (i.e. Learn to play instrument) Production of Item (i.e. Design & build piece of furniture) Participation in Activity (i.e. CPR classes & certification) Volunteer Work (i.e. Coordinate fundraiser, Coach Special Olympics)

  6. Components of Graduation Project • Mentor/Expert in the Field Must be 21+ years old Cannot be Family Household Member Mentor May be Expert in Field Mentor May Help You Locate Expert and Coordinate Project Interview – Mentor or Other Expert

  7. Sample Topics Children with Down Syndrome benefit from Early Interventionservices Volunteer at summer camp for children with Down Syndrome and coordinate an event Birth Defects Sports Youth involved in sports perform better in school Coach a youth soccer team and track academic progress of team members Punk Music Take guitar lessons and perform a song Punk music promotes politics

  8. Topic Selection Inappropriate Research Paper Topics: • Opinion papers • Personal essay • Honors/AP – No “how-to”, “history of”

  9. Proposal Form • Brief Description – Paper, Product, Possible Mentor • Resubmit if Topic Changes • English Teacher/Panel Approval • Submit for approval before beginning work on project

  10. Other Forms • Get Forms Signed Before Beginning Product • Keep Copies in Portfolio • Parent/Guardian Consent • Mentor/Parent Consent Form • Recognition of Risk (if necessary) • Recognition of Excessive Cost (if necessary-$75+) • All forms on Graduation Project Forms web page

  11. Graduation Project Process English III • Topic Brainstorming & Narrowing • Search for Print Sources -- Background Info about Topic • Optional • Search Online Databases -- Background Info about Topic • Use Info to Select Research Paper Topic and Product • Submit Proposal Form & Preliminary Research Worksheet • Work on Practical Experience Semester/Summer After Eng III if possible

  12. Graduation Project Process English IV • Locate Specific Print & Online Sources for Research Paper • Submit Proposal Letter for Topic Approval • Select and Interview Mentor/Expert on Topic • Begin Writing Outline and Research Paper • Save Everything (flash drive/H drive/Google Drive) • Practical Experience Due • Portfolio Due • Presentation

  13. Timeline • Proposal Form (11th)/Letter (12th) • Research Paper-includes Expert interview(12th) • Practical Experience –includes work with Mentor/Expert(11-12th) • Portfolio (12th) • Presentation (12th)