Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Background due October 4th

The first three pages of the background are due. This piece must follow your background outline. The assignment requires you to complete three pages of coherant paragraphs that answer your background questions. You must have textnote citations for all facts. An annotated works cited page is also required. You must attach your final revised background outline.Make sure you have 1 inch margins and no extra spaces between paragraphs. Work hard on diction and syntax. Do not forget to use quotations marks around any phrases or sentences that are not in your own words.

Do not use second person- you
Try not to overuse the word being
Work on word choice- look at your verbs- no "get" please
Make sure each paragraph has a clear focus.
Take the time to proofread your paper!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 30th- Second Assignment

Bring typed first page of background to class. Be prepared to work in the lab on Thursday.

Thank you cards-September 30th

Bring your addressed and stamped thank you cards to class.

Signed Background Outline-October 1

Signed background outline by mentor is due on Friday. You can bring it to me during breaks, since we do not have class on Friday.

September 28th -Article

Please remember to bring at least one article to class. The article should help you answer the first questions in your outline.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

First Interview- September 28th

The first big deadline is Tuesday, September 28th. You must include the following:

1) Proof of interview- signed with all the information legibly written
2) Three pages of transcription- double-spaced, one inch margins- Choose three pages of the best parts of your interview. The purpose is to use these quotes in your paper
3) An annotation of your interview.- this must also be typed

Take time and do this properly. :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lab Day- September 24

Come prepared to work on your background. Bring your library card so you can access various databases. This is a great way to steer clear of .com sites.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Homework Help

Check out this website from the San Mateo County Library.
You need a library card to access the information.

Revised Background Outline- September 24

Revise your background outline. Make sure you add categories and put the outline in order.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

.Com Sites

Please do not use articles from most .com sites, such as Newspaper or magazine sites are acceptable. Look harder for articles from universities, organizations and government sources.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Research Work- September 20th

Read one article that will help you answer some of your background questions.
Bring the article to class.
On a separate piece of paper, write three quotes from the article that will help you write your background.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Background Outline- September 16th

Background Outline
Due September 16th
300 Points

The purpose of this assignment is to create an outline for your first written piece of the senior exhibition. Consider everything that you need to know about your topic before you can start to argue a particular point of view. Remember the questions should generate more factual answers than biased ones.

1) Brainstorm a list of questions that must be answered.
2) Organize the questions in a logical manner. Think about what you need to know first. Is it a definition? History? Explaining a concept?
3) You should have somewhere between 15 and 25 questions. More is not necessarily better.
4) You will graded on your ability to create intelligent and essential questions for your background. Remember your background piece will be based on this outline.

What you must include in the assignment:

1) A typed list of questions in logical order
2) An annotated works cited page that includes at least three sources that you will use for your background. The annotations might include your interview if you have already completed it. Take time to write three effective and succinct sentences in your annotation. The purpose of an annotation is to describe your source, explain why it is a valid source, and how it will be helpful to your project.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Back to School Night- September 14th

All seniors and their guardians are asked to attend this year's Back to School night. There will be a very important meeting about many aspects of senior year. Elaine Collins the senior Academic Counselor will be hosting the meeting.

Meet in the Little Theatre at 6:15. After the one hour meeting, guardians can meet their students' teachers in their classrooms.


September 28th is the due date for the first interview. Students must have a three page transcript of the interview, the proof of interview signed by interviewee and an annotation of the interview. All pieces must be typed.

It may take you a while to set up the interview. Start searching for your first interview NOW!

Possible places to start looking for the interviewees:
  • University departments
  • Hospital departments
  • Individual businesses
  • Pyramid Alternatives, if looking for a psychologist
  • Teachers at Oceana- they are great resources
  • Mr. Weiss- he is the reference specialist at the school