Junior Career Research Project 12.6.11
How do I begin? • Go to the websites: • http://www.gallaudet.edu/clast/tutorial_and_instructional_programs/english_works/writing/research_papers_citations_and_reference/i-search_paper_format_guide.html • http://www.ehow.com/how_2107419_write-isearch-paper.html • http://faculty.nwacc.edu/tmcginn/writing%20an%20I-search%20paper.pdf
I-Search Paper Structure • Grab Your Readers’ Attention Tell What You Knew • Tell What You Wanted To Learn and Why • State Your Thesis • Retrace Your Steps • Discuss Your Results and Give Support • Reflect on Your Search
What does an I-Search Paper require? • Part I: • Form a Research Question • Share Your Research Question • Identify Your Purpose, Audience, and Tone • Start a Search Journal • Find Sources • Evaluate Your Sources • Prepare Source Cards • Take Notes from Your Sources • Part II: • Write Your Thesis Statement • Develop an Informal Outline • Document Your Sources • Write 1st Draft (see next slide) • Peer Review/Teacher Feedback • Revisions • Draft #2 • Publishing • Reflection
Research Questions • Possible questions: • What kind of career will suit me? • What sorts of careers will be in demand in 1 year? In 5 years? In 10 years? • What kinds of training will I need? • Which career field will provide a living? • What careers are related? • How will the recession affect my career choices in the future? • What other factors may impact career choices in the US?
Citing a Resource http://www.npr.org/series/141796961/hard-times-a-journey-across-america • Radio or Television Program. Write episode or segment title (if any); program name, series title (if any); network name; local station call letters and city (if any); and day, month, and year of broadcast. 1. “For Mill Town's Youth, 'It Can't Get Any Worse.‘” Rpt. Tovia Smith. Morning Edition. National Public Radio. KPLU-FM, Seattle, Washington. 6 December 2011.
Source #1 • Summary: • The recession has hit one small Maine community hard. The closing of a local mill has created a need for young people to seek out employment elsewhere.
Source #1 • Quotation: John Farrington, principal • “The window of opportunity is a lot smaller now than it was for my generation…I wonder all the time what is going to become of young men and women if they don’t get their act together in a hurry…”
Next Steps: • Continue finding sources and documenting them in your Process Journal. • After finding enough info to answer your questions, start organizing cards into an outline/paper. • Draft out the paper. Get feedback. Revise. Rewrite. Revise…etc. • Turn it in/Publish.