“The Journey is the Destination” Research Project

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Presentation Requirements

  • Research and plan out your future career path.
  • Present your findings and research to the class.
  • Create a Google Slides/Prezi slideshow as a visual aide.
  • Include your sources/works cited (people interviewed, websites).

Research Content Criteria

  • High School
    • Which classes to focus on for future career path
    • LD opportunities
    • Extracurricular activities/jobs recommended
  • College/Trade School
    • Entrance exams: PSAT/SAT/ACT?
    • Admission requirements, dates, grades, test scores, etc.
    • Basic information about school (similar to college pennant)
      • Name
      • Location
      • Cost per year
      • Type: Private, Public, Community College, For-Profit
      • Acceptance rate
    • Major or area of focus (example: Biology)
  • Financial Aid Opportunities – $$$
    • Minimum of 3 specific sources for financial aid
    • Possibilities: Grants (needs-based), scholarships, loans, work-study, job, out-of-pocket, etc.
  • Post-College/Trade School
    • Masters, Doctorate, Certification or other Degree, residency, training, etc.
  • Job Information
    • Average yearly salary/Hourly pay
    • Living situation

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Teens and Tech Persuasive Research Paper

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Writing Prompt:

Is technology a positive or negative influence on teens? What are the benefits and consequences?

Write a persuasive research paper, in which you argue one side of the debate on teenagers and technology. Support your ideas with specific textual evidence from articles, videos, and research. Consider the counterargument: how will you convince those who disagree with you?

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Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” Essay

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Writing Prompt: Persepolis is a uniquely true story of a young woman “coming of age” during wartime. What can we as readers learn from this story? In a multi-paragraph essay, describe the central theme (lesson, message) of this graphic novel. Include textual details from the story to back up your ideas.

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:

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Dystopian Worlds Synthesis Essay

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“Escaping the Dome.” Image courtesy of yumikrum (Flickr)

Writing Prompt: The short stories, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, and the film Gattaca (1997) present seemingly perfect worlds that hide injustice under the surface. Societies sacrifice the joy of the individual for the benefit of all. What can we as readers learn from these stories about our own world? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a central theme (lesson, moral) in at least one of the stories. Include textual evidence to support your ideas. What lessons can we apply to our world today?

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Creativity and sentence variety.
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

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