• SHS Junior Research Project - “JRP”

    2013-2014

     

    Overview

    The JRP is a requirement of World Studies/World Literature, and is a Souhegan High School graduation requirement.

     

    The Junior Research Project consists of 3 incremental steps completed over the course of the Junior year in order to build key research skills over time in a focused way.

    1. Skill Builder 1 is completed in Trimester One
    2. Skill Builder 2 is completed in Trimester Two
    3. The Final JRP is completed in Trimester Three.

     

    Each of the 3 steps receives a grade in both World Studies and World Literature. The first two phases of the project (Skill Builders 1 & 2) challenge you to work on essential skills that you will need in order to be successful with the final step of the JRP in the spring.

     

    The JRP is sometimes described as an analytical research project. Author, Diana Hacker describes this sort of paper as follows: “You are expected to pose a question worth exploring, to read widely in search of possible answers, and to draw your own conclusion based on a rational assessment of the evidence” (249).

     

    Step One: Skill Builder 1


    Final Exhibition

    1.    Detailed Outline containing:

    ¨ A topic and EQ provided by the teacher

    ¨ A thesis that is clear, arguable and defendable

    ¨ Key points (2-4) that support your position

    ¨ Evidence (such as relevant statistics and facts, as well as quotes from expert sources)

    ¨ An explanation and interpretation of all evidence in your own words ( by paraphrasing or summarizing)

    ¨ Analysis of your evidence to show the significance and relevance of it to your thesis or key point

    ¨ In-text citations for all supporting evidence found in sources

    ¨ A concluding statement (answering the question of “So what?”)

     

    2.    Annotated Works Consulted

    ¨ Minimum of 6 relevant sources

    Ø Encyclopedias/Wikipedias do not count toward the 6 required cited sources.

    ¨ An evaluation of each of your sources

    ¨ Correct MLA formatting

     

    Essential Skills:

    Skilled Information Processor

    ¨     Uses a wide variety of sources and types of data

    ¨     Evaluates sources for credibility, timeliness, relevance and coverage of subject, subject balance

    ¨     Accurately documents sources with in-text citations and an Annotated Bibliography

    ¨     Accurately summarizes and paraphrases information from sources

    Complex Thinker

    ¨     Presents an arguable and defendable thesis

    ¨     Evidence is used to support the thesis

    ¨     Analysis of evidence supports thesis

    Step Two: Skill Builder 2


    Final Exhibition

    ¨     Researched Writing Paper:

    1.       3-5 pages (Intro w/thesis, body with key points, background information, evidence and analysis, conclusion)

    2.       Choice of 3-5 topics provided by teacher

    3.       A minimum of three sources cited with in-text citations (parenthetical)

    4.       A Works Consulted* of all works consulted and cited

     

    ¨     Required checkpoints:

    1.       Thesis approval

    2.       Outline or graphic organizer w/ key points and evidence

    3.       Essay drafts

     

    Essential Skills: SEE Final JRP

     

    Step Three: Final JRP


    Final Exhibition

    ¨     Researched Writing Paper:

    1.    5-8 pages (Intro w/thesis, body with key points, background information, evidence and analysis, conclusion)

    2.    Topic is chosen by the student and approved by teacher

    3.    A minimum of 5 sources cited with in-text citations (parenthetical)

    4.    A Works Consulted* of all works consulted and works cited

     

    ¨     Required checkpoints:

    1.    Thesis approval

    2.    Outline or graphic organizer w/ key points and evidence

    3.    Essay drafts (more than one)

     

    Essential Skills

    Skilled Information Processor

    ¨     Uses a wide variety of credible sources and types of data

    ¨     Accurately documents sources with in-text citations and a Works Cited

    ¨     Accurately summarizes and paraphrases information from sources

     

    Complex Thinker

    ¨     Presents an arguable and defendable thesis

    ¨     Evidence is used to support the thesis

    ¨     Analysis of evidence supports thesis

     

    Effective Communicator

    ¨     Ideas are clearly expressed and logically organized; transitions connect ideas and paragraphs

    ¨     Introduction forecasts the content

    ¨     The thesis is the focus of the essay

    ¨     Conclusion pulls the argument together and synthesizes ideas

    ¨     Paragraphs are correctly structured (Key point/topic sentence, evidence, analysis, transition)

    ¨     Sentences are well-constructed

    ¨     Formal language is used consistently; writer’s voice is evident; chooses appropriate words

    ¨     Standard writing conventions are used; spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct

     

    *A Works Consulted is a list that contains both works consulted and works cited.