WHAT STANDARDS WILL MY PAPER HAVE TO FULFILL AND WHICH SKILLS WILL I BE FOCUSING ON AT EACH GRADE LEVEL?

  2.1 The Grade Nine Paper  
2.11 Standards
2.12 Tasks and Timetable (process on a page)
 
  2.2 The Grade Ten Paper  
2.21 Standards
2.22 Tasks and Timetable (process on a page)
 
  2.3 The Grade Eleven Paper  
2.31 Standards
2.32 Tasks and Timetable (process on a page)
 
  2.4 The Grade Twelve Paper  
2.41 Standards
2.42 Tasks and Timetable (process on a page)

2.1 THE NINTH GRADE PAPER [COURSE: GLOBAL STUDIES]

2.11 What Standards will I Have to Fulfill?

a. TOPIC SELECTION:

You will be assigned a specific question on a topic (e.g., "Did the Peruvian government handle the recent hostage crisis at the Japanese embassy justifiably and what has been the impact of the episode on the country?") Each student is assigned a different question.

b. RESEARCH:

Research will focus on periodical and newspaper articles, and material from the Internet. At least THREE (3) different sources should be meaningfully consulted and cited in the text. You will demonstrate competence in the following research tools:

Electronic: Infotrac, SIRS, Internet, New York Times (CD-ROM)
Print: Reader's Guide, New York Times Index, CQ Researcher, Christian Science Monitor Index.
c. NOTE TAKING:

You will use the note card system to take notes.

d. OUTLINING:

You will prepare and submit an outline that shows clearly how their paper is organized.

e. DOCUMENTATION:

The paper will include a "References" page and in-text parenthetical citations where required.

f. MAGNITUDE:

The text should be 3-5 double spaced typewritten pages (750-1250 words).

 

2.12 What are the Main Skills I will Learn?

a. Bibliographical research skills
b. Card system of note taking
c. Documentation (what needs to be documented and the parenthetical system)

 

THE HISTORIA PROGRAM: TIMETABLE FOR THE NINTH GRADE PAPER
TOTAL TIME: FIVE WEEKS  
TIME FRAME MAIN TASKS WORK SUBMITTED AT END OF TIME FRAME
WEEK 1
TOPIC ASSIGNMENT 
FINDING SOURCES
GENERAL READING
 
WEEK 2
INTENSIVE READING
NOTE TAKING
THESIS FORMATION 
OUTLINING
  
WEEK 3 SAME AS WEEK 2
NOTES (10 pts.)
OUTLINE (10 pts.)
CURRENT THESIS (5 pts.)
WEEK 4
FINAL OUTLINING
NOTECARD ORGANIZATION
ROUGH DRAFT
ROUGH DRAFT (15 pts.)
WEEK 5
REVISIONS
FINAL DRAFT
FINAL PAPER (100 pts.)
ROUGH DRAFT
NOTES (5 pts.)
SOURCES (conveniently submittable) (5 pts.)
 
  PRELIMINARY AND SUPPORTING WORK PRODUCTS:   50 POINTS
  FINAL PAPER: 100 POINTS
  TOTAL PROJECT POINTS 150 POINTS

[NOTE: THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM, LATE WORK WILL BE ASSESSED A PENALTY OF 5% A DAY, WHETHER SCHOOL IS IN SESSION OR NOT.]

 

 

2.2 THE TENTH GRADE PAPER [COURSE: EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION]

2.21 What Standards Will I Have to Fulfill?

a. TOPIC SELECTION:

You will be given a topic, from which, after some exploratory reading, you will generate your own question. For example, from the given topic of "causes of the French Revolution," you might generate the question: "What was the significance of Louis XVI in the outbreak of the French Revolution?"

b. RESEARCH:

You will focus on books. At least FOUR (4) different sources should be meaningfully consulted and cited in the text. You will become fluent in the use of the following research tools:

Electronic: Mandarin, MPALS
Print: general and specialized encyclopedias (as bibliographical resources)
c. NOTE TAKING:

You will continue to use and refine the card system to take notes.

d. OUTLINING:

You will prepare and submit an outline that shows clearly how your paper is organized.

e. DOCUMENTATION:

Your paper will include a "References" page and in-text parenthetical citations where required.

f. MAGNITUDE:

The text should be 4-7 double-spaced typewritten pages (1000-1750 words).

[NOTE: The descriptions of skills categories 3,4, and 5 remain constant throughout the program; but, as with all skills, it is expected that they will be mastered at higher levels of sophistication as the student advances.]

 

2.22 What are the Main Skills I will be Taught?

a. How to Generate a good question on a specific topic from exploratory reading; thesis formation
b. Outlining
c. Bibliographic Research skills (books)

 

THE HISTORIA PROGRAM: TIMETABLE FOR THE TENTH GRADE PAPER
TOTAL TIME: SIX WEEKS  
TIME FRAME MAIN TASKS WORK SUBMITTED AT END OF TIME FRAME
WEEK 1
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH 
EXPLORATORY READING
QUESTION FORMATION
HYPOTHESIS FORMATION
THESIS QUESTION AND HYPOTHESIS (5 pts.)
WEEK 2
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH
INTENSIVE READING
NOTE TAKING
PRELIMINARY OUTLINING
  
WEEK 3
SAME AS WEEK 2
(FOCUS ON READING AND NOTE TAKING)
NOTES (10 pts.)
PRELIMINARY OUTLINE (10 pts.)
WEEK 4
SAME AS WEEK 3
FINAL OUTLINING
NOTECARD ORGANIZATION
FINAL THESIS FORMATION
 
WEEK 5 WRITING OF ROUGH DRAFT ROUGH DRAFT (20 pts.)
WEEK 6
REVISION OF ROUGH DRAFT
PRODUCTION OF FINAL PAPER
FINAL PAPER (135 pts.)
NOTES (10 pts.)
SOURCES (conveniently submittable) (10 pts.)
 
 
  PRELIMINARY AND SUPPORTING WORK PRODUCTS:   65 POINTS
  FINAL PAPER: 135 POINTS
  TOTAL PROJECT POINTS 200 POINTS

 

 

2.3 THE ELEVENTH GRADE PAPER [COURSE: AMERICAN HISTORY]

2.31 What Standards Will I Have to Fulfill?

a. TOPIC SELECTION:

From unit-level areas subject, you will generate a specific topic, from which you will develop a central question. For example, from the unit on Progressivism, you might focus on the movement's degree of success, and ask: "How can the greater effectiveness of the movement at the state level (compared to the federal level) be explained?"

b. RESEARCH:

You will conduct research in both books and articles. At least FIVE (5) sources should be meaningfully consulted and cited in the text. Students will become fluent in the use of the following research tools:

Electronic: Dialog database
Print: specialized journal indexes
c. NOTE TAKING:

You will continue to refine your mastery of the note card system to take notes.

d. OUTLINING:

You will continue to refine your outlining skills, and submit an outline that shows clearly how their paper is organized.

e. DOCUMENTATION:

Your paper will include a "References" page and in-text parenthetical citations where required.

f. MAGNITUDE:

The text should be 5-10 double-spaced typewritten pages (1250-2500 words).

 

2.32 What Skills Will I Be Taught?

a. The skills of thesis formation and documentation will be reviewed and reinforced
b. Research skills in the Dialog database and specialized journal

 

THE HISTORIA PROGRAM: TIMETABLE FOR THE ELEVENTH GRADE PAPER
TOTAL TIME: FIVE WEEKS  
TIME FRAME MAIN TASKS WORK SUBMITTED AT END OF TIME FRAME
WEEK 1
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH 
EXPLORATORY READING
TOPIC GENERATION
TOPIC (5 pts.)
WEEK 2
EXPLORATORY READING
QUESTION FORMATION
HYPOTHESIS FORMATION
THESIS QUESTION AND HYPOTHESIS (10 pts.)  
WEEK 3
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH
INTENSIVE READING
NOTE TAKING
PRELIMINARY OUTLINING
 
WEEK 4
SAME AS WEEK 3
(FOCUS ON READING AND NOTE TAKING)
NOTES (20 pts.)
PRELIMINARY OUTLINE (15 pts.)
WEEK 5
SAME AS WEEK 4
FINAL OUTLINING
NOTECARD ORGANIZATION
FINAL THESIS FORMATION
 
WEEK 6 WRITING OF ROUGH DRAFT ROUGH DRAFT (20 pts.)
WEEK 7
REVISION OF ROUGH DRAFT
PRODUCTION OF FINAL PAPER
FINAL PAPER (200 pts.)
ROUGH DRAFT
NOTES (20 pts.)
SOURCES (conveniently submittable) (10 pts.)
 
  PRELIMINARY AND SUPPORTING WORK PRODUCTS: 100 POINTS
  FINAL PAPER: 200 POINTS
  TOTAL PROJECT POINTS 300 POINTS

 

2.4 THE TWELFTH GRADE PAPER [COURSES: SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES]

A NOTE: THE TWELFTH GRADE PAPER CONSTITUTES A REVIEW AND REINFORCEMENT OF THE ELEVENTH GRADE REQUIREMENTS.

2.41 What Standards Will I Have to Fulfill?

The standards for the senior-year paper are the same as those for the junior year.

2.42 What Skills Will I Learn?

You will review any of the research/writing skills that need reinforcement.

 

THE HISTORIA PROGRAM: TIMETABLE FOR THE ELEVENTH GRADE PAPER
TOTAL TIME: FIVE WEEKS  
TIME FRAME MAIN TASKS WORK SUBMITTED AT END OF TIME FRAME
WEEK 1
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH 
EXPLORATORY READING
TOPIC GENERATION
TOPIC (5 pts.)
WEEK 2
EXPLORATORY READING
QUESTION FORMATION
HYPOTHESIS FORMATION
THESIS QUESTION AND HYPOTHESIS (10 pts.)  
WEEK 3
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH
INTENSIVE READING
NOTE TAKING
PRELIMINARY OUTLINING
 
WEEK 4
SAME AS WEEK 3
(FOCUS ON READING AND NOTE TAKING)
NOTES (20 pts.)
PRELIMINARY OUTLINE (15 pts.)
WEEK 5
SAME AS WEEK 4
FINAL OUTLINING
NOTECARD ORGANIZATION
FINAL THESIS FORMATION
 
WEEK 6 WRITING OF ROUGH DRAFT ROUGH DRAFT (20 pts.)
WEEK 7
REVISION OF ROUGH DRAFT
PRODUCTION OF FINAL PAPER
FINAL PAPER (200 pts.)
ROUGH DRAFT
NOTES (20 pts.)
SOURCES (conveniently submittable) (10 pts.)
 
  PRELIMINARY AND SUPPORTING WORK PRODUCTS: 100 POINTS
  FINAL PAPER: 200 POINTS
  TOTAL PROJECT POINTS 300 POINTS

 


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