Overview: The Senior Capstone Project is a personalized and culminating project focused on a relevant and significant social/societal issue. As a citizen of this world, we inherit a variety of social issues and debates. Your ability to evaluate and understand relevant social issues and to engage purposefully in debate and discussion is necessary for your success as a 21st century learner.
The Senior Capstone Project is a compilation of student work that includes a variety of fiction and nonfiction student writing as well as multi media products. Research and reflection notes will be mandated as students move from choosing a relevant topic that explores a significant social issue to compiling and organizing research information and finally to presenting research findings via a minimum of six different genres, such as poetry, editorial writing, interviews, web sites, photographic essays, music, timelines, letters, posters/flyers, newscasts, etc. as well as in a formal written argumentative research paper.
Student Learning Objectives:
I can choose a topic, analyze the rhetoric of opposing views, and apply those views to support my own claim.
I can determine if a source is useful and accurate for answering my research question; I can utilize information to from these sources without plagiarizing other’s words and ideas.
I can identify and apply the elements of writing rhetoric in order to:
answer a self-generated question
solve a problem
narrow or broaden my inquiry when appropriate
synthesize multiple sources on my subject of inquiry
demonstrate understanding of the subject of investigation.
I can write arguments to support claims using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence; alternate or opposing perspectives are explored and addresses.
I can identify strengths and limitations of claims and counterclaims while anticipating the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values and possible biases.
I can present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective.
I can make strategic use of digital media in a presentation to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
I can adapt speech to the context of a formal Capstone Project presentation, demonstrating a command of formal English
Research, discoveries and results of this project will be connected in some way to the community (e.g. interviews, job shadow, volunteer hours, start a petition at www.change.org, presentation to a business or community member, etc.)
Incorporate all 3 types of writing (Informative/Explanatory, Argument, Narrative) in your project.
Provide 1.) Bibliography/Works Consulted page (recommended 15 sources) and 2.) an annotated Works Cited page (recommended 6 sources).
Skill Building for the Senior Capstone Project
Skill building check point: Synthesize multiple sources; identify rhetorical strategies and their effectiveness
CFA Writing Focus- Narrative Writing: College Application Letter or Cover Letter for employment
INTRODUCTION: The Senior Capstone Project is a personalized and culminating Senior project focused on a relevant and significant social/societal issue. As a citizen of this world, we inherit a variety of social issues and debates. Students’ ability to evaluate and understand relevant social issues and to engage purposefully in debate and discussion is a necessary skill for success as a 21st century learner and citizen.
The Senior Capstone Project culminates in a compilation of research-based student work which includes a formal argument research paper and a portfolio with six multi-genre products that present research findings in narrative and expository, fiction and nonfiction formats.
The Capstone includes table of contents, end notes, a works consulted page, a works cited page, and ongoing reflection notes as students choose a relevant and significant social issue, research, compile and organize research information, and present findings in both an MLA-formatted argument research paper and a multi-genre portfolio that showcases research findings.
Examples of multi-genre products include poetry, editorial writing, cartoons, interviews, web sites, catalogs, photographic essays, maps, timelines, letters, posters/flyers, newscasts, etc.
Teaching a variety of genres (see Genre Suggestions for Units 1-4) throughout the year is recommended to prepare students for their Capstones.
This resource packet contains a variety of documents to help you organize and teach the Senior Capstone Project. Please feel free to modify and supplement as you go through the process. We would love to hear about your experiences and get copies of any supplements, student samples, etc. as we continue to compile district-wide supports for ELA maps and assessments. (send to: Arna Clark (email@example.com), Michelle Ritter (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Leslie Robinette (email@example.com).
The CFAs for Units 4-6 revolve around the Senior Capstone Project and include additional descriptions and explanations for you and for students.
Students will submit the formal paper to you and present the portfolio to their classmates. Giving out prizes or bonuses for class winners adds a little friendly competition. Inter-class competitions can be judged by other teachers, counselors, administration with prizes going to the grand winners. Administration usually has a few gift cards and T shirts floating around to donate to the cause. Members of our community could also be brought in for judging or elements of the formal presentation.