Research Paper, Spring 2017: Genius Hour

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Just remember to choose a related subject that appeals to you. This will help you to be successful! You must decide the topic (see below) for your argument, figure out what the author is trying to say, then research what other experts say (whether you agree or not), and finally compose an essay with YOUR message.

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Final draft of papers will not be graded if they do/are not:

  • Meet the length requirement (under or well over)

  • Adhere to MLA format and proper documentation of paper and sources—both parenthetical and Works Cited page

  • Submitted via (per directions from teacher)

  • Printed copy turned in to teacher on due date

Presentation: After thoroughly researching your topic and writing the argumentative essay, you will present your topic in a TED Talk style.
What is TED? “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and, ultimately, the world” (TED Conferences, LLC).
This is an opportunity for you to share your research. Share your knowledge. Offer your expert opinion on whether or not the global community should continue in search of knowledge in said topic. Ask for a call to action!

Summarize Talk: This should be easy. You already did the research and it should be similar to your thesis statement.

Ex. This disposal of ever-increasing amounts of waste can be a considerable problem and most is still simply dumped into landfill. Waste actually represents a considerable resource - much of it can be reused or recycled, or processed to extract its energy. In the 21st century landfill is no longer a satisfactory option for its disposal. I have created an easier method for our school to recycle paper and plastic goods.

Make a Title: This is probably your hook or essay title (example: “Waste Not Want Not”)
Organize Speech: The best way to prepare for a speech is with either an outline or index cards. The speech needs to be 3-5 minutes. You may record your TED talk to be viewed in the classroom or give a live presentation to the class. The good news is that you will have already organized a lot of your ideas in your proposal using Microsoft Sway.
Check out these TED Talks!

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business

Steven Johnson: The playful wonderland behind great inventions

  • Topic Approval due_______ Writing Standard 10% of grade

  • Thesis Statement due_______ Writing Standard 10% of grade

  • Work Cited Page due_______ Reading Standard grade

  • Sway Proposal due_______ Speaking and Listening grade

  • Outline (extensive) due _______ Writing Standard 20% grade

  • Introduction Paragraph due_______ Writing Standard 10% of grade

  • At least 3-4 Body Paragraphs for review due_______ Writing Standard 10% of grade

  • Conclusion Paragraph due _______ Writing Standard 10% of grade

  • Final Draft due _________ by 11:59p to — Summative Assessment (paper copy due next class day with: Rubric (on top) + Final draft (middle) + Rough draft (bottom)

  • Presentation due _________ Speaking and Listening Standard 20% of grade

Note: All papers will be turned in twice: and printed copy. Too frequently people have “computer issues.” This will NOT be accepted as an excuse for late work. Do not wait until the last minute to turn in your essay because if something goes wrong…even by one minute…it will be counted one day late.

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