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Senior Project Notes. Due: November 7. Sr. Project Notes Guidelines p15. Two deadlines for notes: 1 St Notes – Nov. 7: Background/History of Topic 2 nd Notes – Dec 12: Two Sides of Controversy. . Notes Step 1: Read, then take notes.

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senior project notes

Senior Project Notes

Due: November 7

sr project notes guidelines p15
Sr. Project Notes Guidelines p15
  • Two deadlines for notes:
    • 1St Notes – Nov. 7: Background/History of Topic
    • 2nd Notes – Dec 12: Two Sides of Controversy.
notes step 1 read then take notes
Notes Step 1: Read, then take notes
  • When you find material you think will be useful, it is important to do some background reading before you take notes.
  • You should not take notes the first time you read a source.
  • If you determine that the source will give you useful information for your paper, then take notes and write out quotations related to your thesis.
notes keep track
Notes: Keep track!!!
  • Keep track of your notes using a computer file or a notebook.
  • Also keep track of publication information including author, titles, publication date, publisher, page numbers, and date of access.
  • Copies of articles must be submitted with your notes. They will not be accepted without them.
  • Notes submitted for grading must follow the format on page 16.


notes divided by type
Notes: Divided by type.
  • Take notes on:
  • 1)background/history on the issue. (Nov 7)
  • 2)arguments on the opposing side, and arguments supporting your position. (Dec 12)
  • Make sure each fact clearly relates to your thesis. Think in advance where it might be placed in your paper.
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Notes: Divided by type

Breakdown should be as follows:

  • Maximum 25% of notes can be on background on the topic.
  • Approximately 40% of notes should be on your position on the controversy and support for your position.
  • Approximately 35% of notes should be on the opposing side of the controversy.
notes what to write down
Notes: What to Write Down???
  • Record important details and quotations.
  • Paraphrase and summarize as much of the information as possible, using your own words and sentence patterns.
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Notes: What to Write Down??? Cont.
  • If you find wording that you’d like to quote, be sure to enclose it in quotation marks to distinguish your source’s words from your own.
  • Double-check your notes to be sure any word-for-word material is accurately quoted and that you have not accidentally plagiarized your notes.
  • DIRECT QUOTES: No more than 25% of your notes should be direct quotes.
  • Every time you include a quote, include an explanation in your own words. See example quotes and explanations on page 16.
notes labeling
Notes: Labeling
  • Label each fact or detail with the appropriate citation information on the notes pages (author, title if no author, and page number).
  • Source: authors last name or title of article if no author is provided.
  • Page #: Only necessary for print sources, if from the web, label: WEB.
notes works cited page
Notes: Works Cited Page
  • Create a Works Cited page, in MLA format, containing the sources you took notes from.
  • ONLY the sources you used should be on the Works Cited page!
  • See pages 30-33 for MLA format for source citations and page 20 for Works Cited page format guidelines.
  • You are not limited or bound to the sources you put on your proposal.
quotes advice from your teacher
Quotes: Advice from your teacher
  • There should be no more than1-2 quotes per paragraph.
  • Use quotes sparingly. So don’t fill your notes with only quotations. Use a variety of paraphrase, summaries, and quotations.
  • Paraphrase sources that are not worth quoting but contain important details.
  • Summarize longer passages whose main points are important, but details are not.
sources and notes how many
Sources and Notes: HOW MANY?
  • You should use a minimum of two sources for your background and history notes.
  • Minimum 20 notes on background.
  • Your should fill up four pages of notes.
notes background rubric
Notes -Background: Rubric

I. Background Notes:

A. Parenthetical citations and Works Cited are in MLA Format __________ /5

B. Notes are either paraphrased, summarized, or properly quoted.__________ /5

Direct quotations include an explanation in student’s own words.

C. Quality of Notes __________ /10

• Notes clearly relate to thesis.

• Notes communicate strong ideas.

• Depth of research demonstrates academic rigor.

D. Quantity of Notes __________ /5

• There is an adequate number of notes (minimum 20 notes on background)

• Note-taking from this source is thorough.

Total points for Background notes __________/25