World History Honors 2012-2013 World Research 2008 Mr. Dunne Guidelines for the Freshman Research Project Mr. Dunne We will spend the bulk of the winter term working on a research project, which will result in a 6- to 7-page, fully documented research paper and a six- to eight-minute oral presentation. As a class, we will decide what region of the world we will explore. During the first two weeks of class we will learn about the research process and read some background information about the region we choose from some basic sources. By the middle of the second week, each student should have aPoster designed for “Expo 1967,” Montreal, Canada, 1967. working research topic to Found at The Canadian Design Resource , “Expo 67” pursue for the duration of the<http://www.canadiandesignresource.ca/ officialgallery/?cat=48&paged=3> term.The research project will be broken into a number of different components with deadlinesoccuring as we go. It is crucial that you keep pac e, meet your deadlines, and follow directionscarefully. If your early preparation is thorough and accurate, the end product often comestogether painlessly. If your early preparation is incomplete and sketchy, the end product canbe unbelievably difficult. Former students regularly offer this advice when they evaluate theproject at the end: “Follow directions and meet your deadlines!”On the back of this sheet you will find a list of graded steps with their approximate due dates.I will provide you with weekly calendars as we go. A mong the requirements for the projectare: topic and statement of purpose; tentative thesis statement; bibliographic evaluations (atleast six sources of at least four different types, and no more than two internet sites, b oth ofwhich will need my approval); note cards (at least 40 cards from at least six sources); anoutline; a first draft; a final draft six to seven pages in length; full documentation, including abibliography and footnotes/ endnotes; and a fully documente d slide show oral presentation.***Be sure to keep all the material you produce and that I return to you. You will needto turn in all your materials with the final draft. You will receive detailed weekly schedulesoutlining our work as we go, and you will receive more detailed explanations of the differentelements of the project as we proceed.
Does History Matter?• “[T]he experience of the past can find its highest relevance in the guidance it offers in living with the problems of the present.” —David Potter, historian
What we’ll cover…• SOUTH AFRICA• 1st unit, fall
What we’ll cover… • CHINA • 2nd unit, fall term
Classroom necessities… • be on time • observe the dress code • turn off your cell phones • respect other people’s belongings • be prepared to be a student—and to enjoy learning history!
Parental roles• be supportive and talk with your children about what they are learning• let them take responsibility for their work• contact me by phone or e-mail if issues emerge• watch them grow!