Passion Project. The final project for this class consists of the completion and presentation of an original passion project. Project presentations will begin Tuesday, April 16, 2012. What is a passion?.
The final project for this class consists of the completion and presentation of an original passion project. Project presentations will begin Tuesday,
April 16, 2012.
The passion project consists of two basic components: 1) You will choose a topic that’s of significant interest to you; and 2) You must be able to construct a research question related to that topic (e.g., your topic – or passion – is music and the question is something like: What are the emotional effects of different kinds of music on teenagers?). Get the idea?
The project, in all, is worth 400 points.
Please complete the following steps
Brainstorm to create a list of your life’s passions. Choosing something in which you have a legitimate interest will make this project easier and more enjoyable (Student examples from the past include: sports, music, UFOs, farming, careers, etc.). Really, almost anything can work! You will want to narrow your topic. List a specific sport or career, for example. The broader your topic, the more difficult this will become.
Formulate a research question. This is simply a question to which you would like to find an answer (e.g., Are professional athletes overpaid? Do UFOs really exist? What is the future of the independent family farm? How does one become a federal judge?).
Submit an annotated bibliography. (I will show you how to do this!) Please start early. There will not be a regularly scheduled opportunity to conduct research during class.
During your ten to fifteen minute presentation, you should plan on sharing, in some creative way, the research you’ve collected. Additionally, you’ll also share your life’s passion. In the past, students have played instruments, cooked, dribbled basketballs, and conducted every kind of demonstration I can think of from how to tune-up a car to swing a golf club. The goal here is to give you some experience speaking in front of a group. So find something fun! That way, this whole process won’t seem quite so threatening.
You must use at least one visual. If you use a video clip, it may not last longer than three minutes. If you need copies of something, please give me your document(s) two days in advance.
Complete a presentation outline (varied formats accepted) to submit the day of your presentation.
in the spotlight!
Times are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check your calendar before selecting a day and time.
You will be judged on:
Your serious approach
The amount and kind of content you cover
Use of time
Public speaking ability
Attention to detail
Ability to keep the interest of your audience
Be professional about all of this!!!