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  • 1. Junior Thesis Paper Research Information Packet English 11 Table of ContentsIntroduction to Thesis………………………………………………………………………………. 1Requirements and Penalties………………………………………………………………………… 2Due Dates…………………………………………………………………………………………... 3Choosing Your Topic……………………………………………………………………………….4Developing Your Thesis……………………………………………………………………………. 5Noodlebib Overview………………………………………………………………………..……. 6-7Citation Guide………………………………………………………………………..…………... 8-9Tentative Topic Outline………………………………………………………………………..….. 10Research Notes & 3”x5” Cards……………………………………………………………..….11-14Final Outline…………………………………………………………………………………... 15-18Introductions………………………………………………………………………………………. 19Plagiarism……………………………………………………………………………………… 20-21SamplePaper Layout…………………………………………………………………………..22-25Editing Guide………………………………………………………………………………….. 26-27Grading Rubric……………………………………………………………………………………. 28
  • 2. Introduction to the Thesis Paper What is it exactly? A thesis paper is a long persuasive essay that relies heavily on extensive research to answer the question “So What?” about a topic of your choice. In a thesis, you make an assertion (thesis statement) on a topic, and then support that assertion with facts or arguments from your research. It contains all of the formal elements of a research paper: title page, outline, works- cited page, and thorough documentation (giving credit where credit is due). The final copy will be word-processed. You will also make an oral presentation to the class on your thesis. It is important that you pick an area that interests you because you will be spending a significant amount of time on it over the next ten weeks. It is important that you understand that this is not simply an English Project. This is a project in science, history, art, self-exploration, career building, and college preparation. This is something that you’ll be pouring yourself into for several months, and it will be something that should profoundly influence you. So how do I go about doing this? This project is meant to be largely independent. Keep in mind that in just a year and a half, many of your college professors will assign a paper accompanied by the following guidelines and instructions: “Your paper is due at the end of the semester.” You’ll be expected to then complete that paper on your own. While you’re probably not quite ready for that yet, we hope you’re close. That said, we’ll be providing the following “check points” to keep you on track. All will be counted as separate grades: 1. Tentative thesis statement 2. Tentative topic outline 3. Initial notes check 4. Final notes check 5. Final outline 6. Rough draft 7. Final copyIt will be important that you budget your time and plan carefully to meet these deadlines.This will NOT be the only thing that we do over the course of the next 10 weeks, and youwill be responsible for completing regular homework as well, often times due the same dayas one of these checkpoints. Do not wait until the night before a due date to begin eachstage of this project.
  • 3. The Final CopyRequirements:1. Minimum # of 7 cited sources – one must be print!2. Typed, double-spaced, size 12 - Times New Roman or Calibri font Note – The default Microsoft 2008 font is Calibri size 113. 1” margins on ALL sides – Yes, I will check with a ruler4. Must include a title page, a body, and a works cited page5. The body(EXCLUDING THE WORKS CITED PAGE AND THE TITLE PAGE) should be at least5-7 pages long. Note – A minimum length likely to equal a minimum grade.6. Should be well developed and unified, containing accurate, precise information coherently and smoothly presented, and must be written according to the conventions of standard written English.Evaluation:The final copy will be a grade out of 100 and will comprise 50% of your 2nd markingperiod grade. The rubric that I will use to grade it can be found at the end of this packet.You will be evaluated on your achievement in content, organization, style, mechanics,technique, and formatting. The grading rubric is found at the end of this packet.Penalties:Failure to meet due date: Late papers will be penalized 10% for EVERY SCHOOL DAYmissed, whether you have class on that day or not.Failure to use 7 sources (as indicated both by internal citations and your works cited): Nohigher a grade than 69% for paper and most likely a proportionally lower grade than that.Failure to submit a paper with at least 5 FULL pages: No higher a grade than 69% forpaper and most likely a proportionally lower grade than that.Any paper containing sections that are recklessly or intentionally plagiarized willreceive a grade of 0%. Instances of plagiarism will be referred to the Principal and yourparent/guardian.***IMPORTANT: You must complete all “check points” for this project in orderand on time. Failure to complete any stage of this process on will result in a 0 for thatstage. Furthermore, no checkpoints will be accepted unless all previous checkpointshave been completed and at least one day has passed. For example, your final copywill not be accepted unless your rough draft was turned in at least one day prior.Your rough draft will not be accepted unless your final outline was turned in at leastone day prior. And so on…
  • 4. Miss PrzybyszJunior Thesis Due Dates 2012-2013 “Life is rarely exactly as we would like it to be. Instead, life is exactly as it is.”To receive credit on any part of the thesis, all components previous to that part due mustbe completed. Note, sometimes life tosses you unexpected challenges. While you willsometimes earn my sympathy when these challenges occur, you will rarely earn mylenience. The most successful people are able to deal with adversity when it strikes. 1. Thesis Statement due (homework credit) November 13-14– Completed in class…credit will be given only if thesis statement follows guidelines presented by me. 2. Tentative Topic Outline and note card check with works cited page through Noodlebib including at least 5 possible sources (2 homework credits) November 19-20(Must have 5 note cards completed or other check cleared with me prior.) 3. Note card check and works cited on noodlebib showing at least 7 possible sources (2 homework credits) November 28, 29 (20 index cards or other check cleared with me prior) 4. Final note card check. Printed works cited page with at least 7 sourcesthat you plan to use in your paper, all of which should appear in your note cards. (Remember 1 source must be print; 2 homework credits) December 4, 5 (50 index cards, or completed notes in format cleared with me prior to the start of your note-taking) 5. Final Outline (50 points) December 6, 7 (Well organized and complete – Will NOT award partial credit for incomplete outlines.) 6. Rough Draft (100 points) – Turn in paper copy in class and upload electronic copy to “turnitin.com” December 12-13 7. FINAL COPY- (50% of your SECOND QUARTER AVERAGE!!) December 18, 19 – You will lose 10 points per day late.
  • 5. CHOOSING A TOPIC Choosing a topic is one of, if not THE MOST, important tasks in your research.You have to choose something that interests you. You will do best if you are motivated bya real curiosity. You should select a topic that you would read about, even if not forced toby me. Start watching the news/reading the newspaper for ideas. This paper is a mix of researching, learning, arguing, organizing, and storytelling. All of itwill be done to answer the question, “So what?” This is way past telling us all about theCivil War or Abortion. This is taking one of those broader topics and framing it in a waythat is interesting and unique.Note that you don’t need to create a thesis statement immediately. This is different. Butyou need to select a topic that provides you the avenue to eventually formulate a creativeand intelligent argument. Lastly, ask yourself if there are enough sources and if there isenough time to effectively research and argue your topic in the time that you’re given. Forexample, you likely won’t want to research the entire Civil War. Nor will you want toresearch life on an obscure island off the coast of South Africa. But you may trypropaganda during the Civil War or the lifestyles of coastal island communities. Possible Topic Starting Points (You will need to make them much more specific and unique)3rd World Countries Emerging Economies Nuclear ArmsAbuse on all Levels Entitlements Organized CrimeAdoption Issues European Union Planned ParenthoodAffirmative Action Euthanasia (in schools)Alcohol/Chemical Evolution Population ControlDependency Film/Movies PovertyAlternative Fuel Gang Warfare Professional SportsAnimal Testing Genetics PropagandaAny War Global Economy PTSDBirth Control Global Warming RacismCancer Government Debt ReligionCapitalism Government Policies SpaceCauses of Change Guns Stock MarketCelebrity Health Care StressCensorship Historical Events Student DisabilitiesCIA Homeland Security SuicideCivil Rights Homelessness Taliban/Al-QuedaCriminal Profiling Homosexuality Teenage IssuesDrug Use Immigration The InternetEating Disorders Korea The MediaEducation in Labor Unions The Recession America Mental Health Wars on TerrorEffects of Media Middle East
  • 6. Developing a Thesis Statement Once you’ve started reading about your topic, you will need to begin thinking about a thesis statement. This is an argument. It’s not anobservation. As you are researching, consider: Why would anyone be interested in thistopic? What do I think is important for people to know? How has my topic influenced theworld? Why is this something that people should be concerned about? Note, a thesisstatement should not be an observation. And it should not be something that someonecould prove with 100% certainty.The best thesis statement will be one that I have never considered before. It is a“controlling idea” that will frame the rest of your paper. EVERYTHING from that pointforward will be an attempt to illustrate and prove that what you argue is true. While youwill need an initial thesis statement to get started, your argument may change as youcontinue your research and learn more about your topic. You are not “locked in” to thisoriginal thesis.Remember that you will write every single paragraph with the sole purpose of proving yourthesis. If you have a paragraph that seems irrelevant to your thesis, you have two choices:get rid of it or rewrite your thesis to reflect the addition of new information.Examples of good thesis statements:Broad Topic Specific Topic Thesis StatementMedia/Movies Disney Movies Disney movies, while intended for children, contain subliminal messages that have a direct negative influence on the developing mind.Education High Stakes Tests The emphasis placed on standardized testing in United States education has focused learning on the wrong areas and has lowered the standards in our schools.Birth Control Planned Parenthood Schools in the United States should be in Schools mandated by law to have a free Planned Parenthood office available to students because this would reduce teen pregnancy rates and increase the prevention of STDs.College Difficulties of the High school graduates should be required to take a college transition year off to pursue community service. projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.