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Senior Project Overview

The Senior Project will consist of four basic components which must be successfully completed:

 

  1. A research paper, complete with annotated bibliographies, an outline, a body of 8 to 10 pages, works cited page with at least 5 varied sources, all in MLA format.

 

  1. A product, based on project research (outside of research paper), hands-on experience and inquiry, that has taken 20 or more hours to complete, has been brought to an appropriate real-world audience, and has been guided by an adult community mentor that is not related to the student and is approved by the Senior Project Committee.

 

  1. An oral presentation of 8 to 10 minutes, that includes a slide show, before a panel of community members that explains what the student has learned through the Senior Project research and experience, followed by a question-answer session (Note: In order to present to the Community panel, students must successfully complete the required practices, both a classroom and a teacher panel).

 

  1. A portfolio containing all of the rubrics, checklists, artifacts, and letters and research materials employed in producing the project, as well as photos, and other evidence of mastery and completion.

 

The Senior Project will be an important part of each student’s English IV grade and will comprise 35% of the English IV curriculum. The Senior Project will impact the English IV grade as follows:

  1. 1st 4 ½  weeks – brainstorming, required forms, research paper components (mentor agreement, letter of intent, stretch commitment, parent consent forms, steps in the research process)

  2. 2nd 4 ½ weeks -- research paper components, product components (thesis statement, outline, bibliography cards, note cards, research paper draft, mentor interview, personal learning logs.)

  3. 3rd and 4th 4 ½ weeks – revised research paper, product, class and panel presentations, portfolio (learning logs, final paper, mentor verification)

CHOOSING AND CREATING THE PRODUCT     


 

To complete a Senior Project, students will create a product for a real-world audience related to their research paper. This product will allow the student to apply the information gained in research to demonstrate learning and mastery of the topic. The product can take on a variety of forms (construct, make, perform, volunteer, etc.) You will be at least four weeks to complete this facet of the project.

 

There are a variety of ways to demonstrate your information. Below is a list of possibilities: (You can add your own.)

 

Produce a film/documentary                     Build a machine

Compose and perform a song                  Write and publish a comic strip

Teach a class a unit of study                    Produce an event

Design and publish a website                   Sew a garment

Design and construct a model                  Write a play

Create artwork                                          Produce a commercial

Create a robot                                           Start a business

Create/write a game                                 Write a program

Design a marketing campaign

Customize an object                                  Make a book                 

Complete a community service project


 

Decide which avenue will best meet your goals for your presentation. Answer the following questions:

 

  • How much will it cost?

  • Do I have access to supplies and equipment?

  • How long will it take to make?

  • Will I get bored with it?

  • Will everybody else do the same thing?

  • Am I really interested in making that?

  • Who will be my real-world audience?

  • Will this be the best I can offer?

  • Are my talents being used to their fullest?

 

BRAINSTORMING and SELECTING a Project

For Senior Project you will choose a project you want to complete as well as an argumentative research topic correlating with your project that will become an 8-10 page argumentative paper.

 

Because you will be spending many weeks working on your project, you will need to consider your topic choices carefully. Think about your world and what you would like to fix, do, learn, understand, see, improve, create, experience, or own. Go through the following checklist and circle the subjects which hold your interest: (You may add your own.)

 

literature           music               woodworking              travel mechanics    endangered species

art                     dance               electricity careers      biology                    math        

theater              carpentry          social problems         medicine                 taxidermy

science             business           cooking                     government            manufacturing

history               computers        sewing                      religion                    communications

astronomy         philosophy       sports education       health                      game conservation

robotics             filmmaking       space cultures          special hobbies      computer graphics

books                collecting         movies                      writing comics        marketing politics/government

anthropology     ecology           economics                social studies          languages

local industry     psychology     military                      engineering             genealogy

photography 


 

Idea #1:

Guiding Questions for Research (at least 3):





 

Possible Thesis:

 

Product:

 

Idea #2:

Guiding Questions for Research (at least 3):





 

Possible Thesis:

 

Product:

 

 

It is now time to make your final selection. Looking at the two boxes above, answer these questions:

  • Which area is the most unique and will differ from other Senior Projects? Idea # ___

  • Which area best demonstrates my talents? Idea # ___

  • Which area will have the most resources available? Idea # ___

  • Which idea do I have a secret desire to pursue but am cautious in the face of peer pressure? Idea # ___

  • Which project idea would my parents most like to see me accomplish? Idea # ___

  • Which project idea is affordable to me? Idea # ___

  • In spite of what others think, what do I want to do? Idea # ___

 

Now count up how many times you marked each idea. The idea with the most marks is the Senior Project you should pursue! If you ended up with a tie, answer the questions again - this time, honestly.

 

Once you have your area of focus, take some time to analyze your decision. If you suspect that your project isn’t all you thought it would be, you will need to perform the topic selection process again. It is much easier to change topics at this point, rather that once you’ve begun your research.

Take a few days off and relax. Try to visualize the audience for your product and how you would like to present it to the public.

The next phase of preparation is the research paper. Your teacher will notify you of time scheduled in the library.


 

Remember, students will often select a topic that is too broad an area for their project such as “space” or “medicine.” The brainstorming process is designed so you will not be overwhelmed. It is important that a student focus on a manageable topic in his or her chosen field. Focusing on a specific topic is part of the process, and these activities will help you accomplish this first goal.

 

  • Field (such as Space or Computer Science or Environmental Studies. . .etc.)

  • Area (such as Space Exploration or Robotics or Conservation. . .etc.)

  • Specific Topic (such as Mars exploration or Computer Robotics in Medicine or Louisiana Wetlands Management. . .etc.)

 

 

Focus on a manageable topic!

 

Why Senior Projects Might Not Be Approved

 

Keep in mind that all projects and research topics must be submitted to the Senior Project Committee and approved before any work can begin.  The following are possible reasons why a project or research topic may not be approved.  


 

PAPER TOPIC:

 

  • Not an argumentative topic--a position cannot be established and/or argued

  • Too broad – page allotment insufficient to cover the information available

  • Too narrow – not enough sources to support

  • Too shallow – no intellectual stretch for the student

 

PROJECT/FIELD WORK

 

  • Too vague--not clear what the intended outcome should be

  • Project would not require 20 hours of outside work

  • No venue listed

  • No potential mentor listed or mentor potential is limited

  • Cost is perceived as too high

  • Age/Legal Barriers

  • Too complex – insufficient background

  • No hands-on activity; “hanging out” or simply making observations is not enough of a stretch

  • Not enough of a stretch; serving as an “assistant” or an “observer” without any direct, hands-on involvement for the student

  • Dangerous

  • Not “student friendly”


 

Finding a Mentor

Finding a mentor is a requirement of the senior project. Seek out an individual who has experience in the subject matter relating to your topic. Many people in our community have the type of knowledge you seek. Your personal mentor will need to check your logged hours regularly and monitor your progress during research and construction of your product. He or she can be any adult who is not your immediate relative and is approved by the committee.

 

The mentor you choose should be knowledgeable about the topic you are investigating in your research and/or about the product you are planning to complete. You can, in fact, have more than one adult advise you, but you need one official mentor who signs your required papers. In your interview with your mentor, you will find out about his or her knowledge and experience. Also, as you know, you can interview more experts than your mentor.

 

Your mentor must be over 21, an adult, not a relative, and not a teacher at AHS. Although no AHS teacher can be your mentor, any of your AHS teachers can give you support, advice, and guidance.

 

Your mentor must be able to meet with you on a regular basis (at least 5 times and meetings should be face to face) throughout the conception and completion of your product and be able to verify the completion of hours on your product.

 

How to Find a Mentor:

 

Once you have selected the field of study for your research and your product, ask anyone in your immediate world and anyone you find in the community about possible people who are experts in those areas.  Some suggestions of those to ask about possible mentors are:

 

  1. friends and neighbors and relatives

  2. employers, current and former

  3. School-to-Career advisors

  4. school counselors, teachers, and coaches, past and present

  5. your own physicians and dentists

  6. community and city agencies like hospitals, senior citizen agencies, recreation departments

  7. community organizations like museums and parks

  8. people whom you have job-shadowed

  9. universities and other schools

  10. the Yellow Pages

(Remember family and AHS teachers cannot serve as mentors, but they may be able to help you find a mentor.)

 

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Heidi Lucas

Interested in being a

Senior Project Presentation Judge?

December 7, 2017 ~ 5pm

 

Contact me at heidi.lucas@bossierschools.org

or 318-549-5153

English IV/Senior Project

heidi.lucas@bossierschools.org

318-549-5153

 

Conference Time 7:34-9:30

Senior Project

 

Dear Students and Parents:

 

Airline High School is participating in a rigorous program called Senior Project during the 2017-2018 school year. This program is supported by the Louisiana State Department of Education and has been implemented across the Bossier Parish School System.  We have high expectations for our seniors. We believe all graduating students should be actively engaged and rigorously involved in learning and applying sophisticated skills. After all, seniors should represent the most skilled and educated students in the high school.

 

Airline High School and Bossier Parish place great emphasis on this program. The Senior Project grade will be given through English IV and replaces the English IV literary research paper component previously required for graduation.  In order for a senior to receive credit for his Senior Project, he must successfully complete ALL FOUR COMPONENTS within the semester he is enrolled in English IV: Research Paper, Product, Portfolio, and Oral Presentation. (Note: in order to present to the community panel, students must successfully complete the required practices, both classroom and teacher panel). If a student does not successfully complete each component, no credit will be given and this will result in failing English IV.

 

Airline High school believes that seniors should be leaders and educational role models for younger students.  Success in life, school, employment, relationships, and financial responsibility all require hard work, goal setting, commitment, and problem-solving abilities. The Senior Project provides students the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the sophisticated skills they have acquired throughout their educational careers.

 

Airline is committed to the idea that every educator is a teacher of seniors. In reality, seniors are the end result of a huge effort involving a large number of people. The little child in kindergarten is simply a “senior in progress.” Quality Senior Project programs embrace all staff, all seniors, and the community.  Senior Project represents a long-term educational policy that requires vision and continued commitment. The purpose of Senior Project is to allow students to choose the content of their learning, to shape the process of that learning, and to produce high-quality work that is the culmination of their academic journey.  

 

Each senior is responsible for the development and completion of his own Senior Project. Airline High School has designed a plan to offer students guidance throughout the project. The administration, faculty, and senior project committee are committed to the success of all seniors and feel confident that this project will enrich their learning and help prepare them for a successful future.

 

Sincerely,

Senior Project Committee

 

AIRLINE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PROJECT TIMELINE – Fall 2017

DUE DATE

COMPONENT

Points

Category

August 9

PARENTAL AGREEMENT FORM

25

portfolio

August 9

BIO POEM

25

portfolio

August 11

STUDENT LOG #1

15

portfolio

August 11

SUPPLIES DUE

   

August 16

LETTER OF INTENT

50

product

August 17

RESEARCH TOPICS

15

research

August 21

WORKING THESIS

25

research

August 24

“STRETCH” LETTER AND PARENT COMMITMENT FORM

50

portfolio

August 25

1st SET OF ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES (2)

50

research

August 25

STUDENT LOG #2

15

portfolio

August 25

$35 SENIOR FEE DUE

   

August 28--September 1

RESEARCH WEEK

   

August 30

2nd SET OF ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES (2)

50

research

September 1

3rd SET OF ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES (3)

75

research

September 6

Final SET OF ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES (3)

75

research

September 7

MENTOR AGREEMENT FORM

25

portfolio

September 8

STUDENT LOG #3

15

portfolio

September 14

RESEARCH PAPER OUTLINE

100

research

September 22

STUDENT LOG #4

15

portfolio

September 28

4-PAGE ROUGH DRAFT WITH WORKS CITED

125

research

October 6

STUDENT LOG #5

15

portfolio

October 6

DEADLINE FOR CHANGING PRODUCT

   

October 19

TYPED, 8-PAGE ROUGH DRAFT DUE

250

research

October 20

STUDENT LOG #6

15

portfolio

November 2

FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE

500

research/lit

November 3

STUDENT LOG #7

15

portfolio

November 9

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

25

portfolio

November 10

LETTER OF REFERENCE ON BEHALF OF STUDENT

15

portfolio

November 10

GOOGLE SLIDES

80

presentation

November 16

RESUME

25

portfolio

November 16

REFLECTION OF LEARNING DUE

25

portfolio

November 8

FINAL MENTOR EVALUATION FORM

50

product

November 8

STUDENT LOG #8

15

portfolio

November 28

PORTFOLIO DUE

500

portfolio

November 29

PRODUCT DUE

500

product

November 30--December 6

TEACHER PANEL PRESENTATIONS (DRESS REHEARSAL)

200

presentation

December 7 (5-8PM)

FINAL PANEL PRESENTATIONS

500

presentation

 

**STUDENTS MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ALL COMPONENTS (PAPER, PRODUCT, PORTFOLIO, CLASSROOM AND TEACHER PANEL  PRESENTATIONS) IN ORDER TO BE ALLOWED TO PRESENT TO THE COMMUNITY PANEL.

 

Student Log Assignments 2017-2018

Create a Document in your Google Docs Senior Project folder and title it “Student Logs, Last name.”  On this one document, you will do all 8 logs, one per page.

  1. On the top of each log entry, type the following information: Log #, name, date, hours worked on the product since last log, mentor name, and title of your project.  

  2. Each log needs to be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double spaced.

  3. Type (or copy) each of the questions in bold before answering it in plain font below the question.

  4. Insert a page break between each log (with your cursor below the last typed line of the log, choose the “insert” tab and “page break,” or put your cursor at the end of the log and press the command key and enter at the same time. )

  5. When a log is due, you will create a copy of your document, go to the Google Classroom assignment and “ADD” the copy to the assignment.  For each due date, you will submit all logs that you have completed up to that point.  

Example:  

 

 

Log #1

Name: Heidi Lucas                                Date:  August

Mentor: John Smith                               Hours:  0

 

Title of Project:  Building a Fireplace Mantel and Surround

 

What are your feelings as you begin Senior Project? What projects have you considered? What steps are you taking to help you make a final decision?

 

I’m a little worried about Senior Project at this point because it seems like there are so many different components, and I tend to be a procrastinator.  I know that I’m going to have to stay on top of it, and that is a terrifying notion to me.  I have considered several different building projects because I've never done woodworking before but the idea of creating a usable piece of furniture seems pretty gratifying.  To make a final decision, I spoke with a woods craftsman, and he helped me narrow down my choices based on the cost of materials, time and level of difficulty.

 

Student Log #1

What are your feelings as you begin Senior Project? What projects have you considered? What steps are you taking to help you make a final decision?

 

Student Log #2

Have you done any research on your product? What is your first choice for a product? Why is this your choice?

What successes or disappointments have you experienced?

 

Student Log #3

List everything you have done for your product so far. Please include phone calls, research on the product, e-mails, etc.

What has been the most frustrating thing so far? What have you done that you are most proud of?

 

Student Log #4 

How do you feel about your progress on the paper so far? What are you on schedule with, and what are you behind on?

How is your product going? What are your concerns so far? Don't forget to add up your product time since the last log.

 

Students Log #5

Based on what you have completed on your paper so far, do you feel more or less stressed about the paper since the last log? How is your progress toward your page requirement?  What reasons can you give for your difficulties? List your product activities since the last log. Don't forget to add up your hours since the last log.   

 

Student Log #6

Now that you’ve written a complete draft of your research, how do you feel? Are you on track with your product? List your most recent product activities and total up the product hours since your last log. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?       

 

Student Log #7

List in detail what you have done on your product since the last log.

How many meetings have you had with your mentor? Have you kept your paperwork up to date?

 

REMEMBER, you must have photo and video evidence of the 20 hours of work you have done.  This evidence must include pictures of you WITH your mentor

 

Student Log #8

You are now finished with your product. Total up all hours and tell how much time was spent on each product activity.   Ensure that this information is also documented in your Product Binder as well as on your Product and Mentor Hours log.

 Example: Research on designs- 2.5 hours

                 Creating pattern- 2 hours

                 Gathering materials 1.5 hours

                  Cutting and organizing pieces 4.5 hours

                  Assembly- 6 hours

                  Staining and sanding- 4.5 hours

             Total: 21 hours

 

 

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