AP Senior Research Project

Senior Research Project, AP English LiteratureMs. Curtis and Ms. Kunc

Research Project Overview (PDF)


TASK: You will use inquiry-based research and information-seeking strategies to investigate a topic of your choice relating to a social, health or global issue. You will take a position on the issue and prove your position to be true or valid. You will also propose solutions to the issue/problem. In addition to your research paper grade, you will earn credit for your participation in each stage of the research process.

You will be using this wiki as a guide throughout the research process. All documents and assignments relating to the research project, as well as important links, tips, and a calendar of due dates, can be found on this wiki.

All AP English assignments and due dates will be listed on the Senior Research Calendar and in Bold Green Font.

Contacts

Ms. Kunc: manleyhslibrary@gmail.com
Ms. Curtis: scurtis@cps.edu


Research Paper Guidelines
  • 5-7 Typed Pages, Double Spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, MLA Style
  • Abstract
  • 1-Page Outline
  • 1-Page Reference (Bibliography/References)
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Minimum of FIVE Credible Sources (Including at least two book sources)
  • In-text citations
  • You will be evaluated using the following RUBRIC:

Research Process
  1. Pre-Writing: Planning and Researching (Choose your topic from a provided list and preliminary research)
  2. Pre-Writing: Searching for Information and Taking Notes
  3. Pre-Writing: Developing a Thesis Statement and Outline
  4. Drafting and Citing Sources: MLA Style
  5. Revising: Teacher and Peer Review
  6. Editing
  7. Publication, Presentation and Reflection

1. CHOOSING YOUR TOPIC
First you will review the following list of topics and conduct some preliminary research using the links below to determine which topic you will want to explore for this project.

Student Resources in Context (database)
Sweet Search (search engine)
Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues (web)
Librarians' Index to the Internet (web)

Race and Ethnicity
  • Should Affirmative Action for state university enrollment be continued?
  • Should the primary method of public education funding, property taxes in individual school districts, be amended to create more fairness in schools?
  • What should be done about racial disparities (inequities) in the sentencing of criminals?
  • How do certain television programs perpetuate racial or ethnic stereotypes?
Gender and Sexuality
  • What should be done to eliminate salary disparities between men and women?
Multiculturalism and Diversity
  • Should the Unites States have more stringent immigration policy?
Advertising and Marketing
  • Should all billboard advertising of alcohol be banned?
  • How do certain kinds of advertising perpetuate racial stereotypes?
Economic Issues
  • Should the local sales tax be increased/decreased?
Environment Issues
  • Should national environment policy focus on developing more oil resources, or developing renewable energy sources?
  • Should recycling be mandatory?
  • Should the fuel efficiency of SUVs and pick-up trucks be raised?
Media Issues
  • Should music sharing programs on the Internet be outlawed?
  • Does the media influence the self esteem of young girls?
Consumerism
  • How does the concept of consumer credit influence our economy?
TV and Film
  • Should TV ratings be re-evaluated in regards to sex and violence?
  • Because celebrities are so often in the public spotlight, do they have ethical responsibilities to set good examples for young people?
  • How has reality television changed television viewing?
Sports and Entertainment
  • How has the increase in ticket prices and athlete salaries negatively affected professional sports?
  • Should college athletes be paid to play?
Criminal Justice
  • Should certain non-violent crimes be punishable by fines rather than jail time?
  • Are state-mandated “three-strikes” policies unfair?
  • Do blue light cameras reduce crime?
  • Should cyberbullying be a criminal offense?
Education
  • How necessary are the arts in the public school system? Argue for or against a change in funding for a particular district.
National Policy
  • Should mandatory military service be required for all men and women in America?
  • Should the minimum age for attaining a driver’s license be increased? Should this be a national standard?

You are encouraged to select a research topic that you are interested in exploring in-depth.

Once you have selected a topic, you must complete the Topic Submission Form (assignment #1) below and turn it in to Mrs. Carter:




2. SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION AND TAKING NOTES

Use the Manley Research Website for information on Searching for Information and Taking Notes and Keeping Track of Sources.


Research Paper Source Cards AP (assignment #2)


Source Summary AP (assignment #3)


3. DEVELOPING YOUR THESIS AND OUTLINE

Use the Manley Research Website for information on Your Thesis and Outline.

4. DRAFTING AND CITING SOURCES
Use the Manley Research Website for information on Drafting and Citing Your Sources. Also see the file below:


5. REVISING
Use the Manley Research Website for information on Revising and Editing.

6. EDITING
Use the Manley Research Website for information on Revising and Editing.

ASSIGNMENT SUMMARY
Here is a list of all of the assignments to help you keep track of your work:

#
Assignment Title
Link to File
Due Date
Completed/
Turned In
My Grade
1
Topic Approval Form

5/7


2
RP Source Cards
You will staple your color-coded source cards to your articles and keep them in your folders. They will be checked for a grade once you begin drafting.
5/14


3
Source Summary AP

5/16


4
Annotated Bibliography
www.easybib.com
See the steps for completing your Annotated Bibliography on the Searching for Information page.
5/14


5
Outline
See Outline Page for additional information
5/18


6
Research Introduction

5/21


7
Rough Draft of RP
Typed, MLA format
5/24


8
Peer Review
Completed in class.
5/24


9
FINAL: Title Page, Outline, Final Draft, and Works Cited, Rubric
Typed, MLA format
5/30


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