Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. The purpose of this activity is to encourage you to closely examine your interests both in and outside of school. Regularly taking time to reflect on your interests, aspirations, and dreams can help you learn more about yourself and what you enjoy doing.
1. What is the subject in school that interests you most?
2. Why do you find this material so interesting?
3. Do you ever pursue or explore material related to this subject outside of school? If so, in what ways?
4. Do you have possible career interests that are related to this subject? If so, what careers have you considered?
5. Is there a social problem you would like to investigate- homelessness, drug abuse, juvenile justice, etc?
6. What are your primary interests outside of school?
7. Which of these outside interests do you spend the most time pursuing?
8. Why do you find this interest so appealing?
9. What steps or events in your life led you to have an interest in this area?
10. If you could have a dream come true about your involvement in this interest, what would it be?
11. Is there a topic that you are curious about that you would like to investigate either inside or outside of school?
SELECTING A TOPIC
Take time to select a topic thoughtfully.
Does this subject really interest you? The Senior Project gives you the opportunity to select and design a major portion of your academic work. Choosing a subject of genuine interest will make the work interesting and valuable to you.
Are mentors and ample sources of information readily available? Material for your research should be obtainable. Most important, community members and experts in the field are essential resources. City and county libraries complement our limited high school resources. College, university, and state libraries expand your capability to retrieve data.
Can a personally meaningful and challenging project be developed from this topic? Whether you create a product, present a performance, or perform a service you need to feel that the work you do is meaningful and challenging to you.
Is the topic, along with the related project, one that you would want to present to an audience? You must be willing to share your work with your teacher and with other students.
Can you focus the topic? It is better to have a focused topic that is fully developed than a broad topic that cannot be adequately covered in a paper of the length required for this assignment.
Does this topic offer a challenge? If you are conducting real research you will discover new material-new facts, new ideas, new opinions, new insights. Above all, you should select a topic that will allow you to go beyond your current base of knowledge, ideas, opinions and insights – a learning stretch.
Has the topic been agreed upon by the student, parent, and teacher? It is important that your teacher, parents and others involved in the project understand the expectations and plans for your project.To facilitate this communication, you will complete a formal project proposal describing where and from whom the research will be collected, what the paper might cover, and what kind of project the topic might generate.
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