2017-2018 Scientific Research and symposium

  • Research:Timeline

    • Nov 17

      50 pts

      Choose Symposium Topic and provide a Title page and table of contents in APA format

      Nov 22

      50 pts

      Bibliography primary and secondary resources with summary outline 

      http://guides.library.ucsc.edu/primarysecondary

      Nov 30

      50 +30= 80 pts

      Concept map using word, Inspiration or word document or Novamind

      Introduction (Thesis statement and background information)

      Dec 8

      50 pts

      1. Rough Draft of research of report
      2. One research reference is Quoted
      3. Reference from Quran or Sunnah
      4. Diagram or picture of importance related to the topic

      Dec 19

      100 pts

      2nd Rough Draft (with 5 pages of report of research with reference to 4 figures with captions)

      Jan 8

      50 +30 + 20=100 pts

      Abstract, Conclusion  and Annotated Bibliography

      Jan 19

      100 pts

      Final Bound Research paper :All papers must be bounded using a professional bindery service. The front and back pages must be hard bound plastic or card-stock. Kinko's, Office Depot, and Office Max offer this service for a very reasonable fee
      See Rubric for grade distribution ( Placement)

      Jan 26

      50 pts

      Presentations: Powerpoint or Prezi 1st five slides

      overview,Introduction, research objectives

      Methods/ Findings/Results

      Feb 5

      50 pts

      Next 10 slides Charts, Graphs ,Significance/ Discussion and Conclusions

       Feb 12

      100 pts

      Final PPT with 15 plus slides, and Bibliography on the last slide

      Feb 20, 27, Mar 6

      50 pts

      Final Practice Presentations for each student (5-6 minutes)

      Mar 14

      70 pts

      Symposium Presentations

      ( Placement)


    • Any research paper and PowerPoint presentation not completely turned in by the deadline will be accepted no later than 3 days after the original due date for 3/4th of credit . Remember, the symposium research project is worth  test grades.
    • How do I organize my time in order to complete the project by the deadline? In order to help you with time/task management, I have established milestones along the way. It would behoove you to make special note of these important target dates.
    • What do you mean by "bound" papers? All papers must be bounded using a professional bindery service. The front and back pages must be hard bound plastic or card-stock. Kinko's, Office Depot, and Office Max offer this service for a very reasonable fee.
    • Is there one site you would recommend that covers the whole science research paper writing process from start to finish? Yes. Traditionally, the Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab) has been our official resource and standard used for research paper format.
    • How long should my research paper be? The official Leaders Preparatory School research paper scoring rubric answers all the requirement questions. It has the breakdown on how long each part of the paper should be and the number of grading points allotted to each.
    • Do you have any links for research papers ideas? Try the articles found in these science journals. Don't forget to check the archives for past articles too!


Your essay should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11") with 1" margins on all sides. You should use a clear font that is highly readable. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.Include a page header  (also known as the "running head") at the top of every page. To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left using all capital letters. The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/


Outline / concept maps using Inspiration or Nova mind or word -> insert-> smart art are due on Thursday Nov 30, 2017




    HOW TO WRITE THE TITLE PAGE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfZbEHsWPkQ

    Research

    What it is: 

    A research paper is the culmination and final product of an involved process of research, critical thinking, source evaluation, organization, and composition. It is, perhaps, helpful to think of the research paper as a living thing, which grows and changes as the student explores, interprets, and evaluates sources related to a specific topic. Primary and secondary sources are the heart of a research paper, and provide its nourishment; without the support of and interaction with these sources, the research paper would morph into a different genre of writing (e.g., an encyclopedic article). The research paper serves not only to further the field in which it is written, but also to provide the student with an exceptional opportunity to increase her knowledge in that field. It is also possible to identify a research paper by what it is not.
    What it is not:

    A research paper is not simply an informed summary of a topic by means of primary and secondary sources. It is neither a book report nor an opinion piece nor an expository essay consisting solely of one's interpretation of a text nor an overview of a particular topic. Instead, it is a genre that requires one to spend time investigating and evaluating sources with the intent to offer interpretations of the texts, and not unconscious regurgitation of those sources. The goal of a research paper is not to inform the reader what others have to say about a topic, but to draw on what others have to say about a topic and engage the sources in order to thoughtfully offer a unique perspective on the issue at hand. This is accomplished through two major types of research papers. 

    Two major types of research papers. 
    Argumentative research paper: 

    The argumentative research paper consists of an introduction in which the writer clearly introduces the topic and informs his audience exactly which stance he intends to take; this stance is often identified as the thesis statement. An important goal of the argumentative research paper is persuasion, which means the topic chosen should be debatable or controversial. For example, it would be difficult for a student to successfully argue in favor of the following stance. 

    Cigarette smoking poses medical dangers and may lead to cancer for both the smoker and those who experience secondhand smoke. 

    Perhaps 25 years ago this topic would have been debatable; however, today, it is assumed that smoking cigarettes is, indeed, harmful to one's health. A better thesis would be the following. 

    Although it has been proven that cigarette smoking may lead to sundry health problems in the smoker, the social acceptance of smoking in public places demonstrates that many still do not consider secondhand smoke as dangerous to one's health as firsthand smoke. 

    In this sentence, the writer is not challenging the current accepted stance that both firsthand and secondhand cigarette smoke is dangerous; rather, she is positing that the social acceptance of the latter over the former is indicative of a cultural double-standard of sorts. The student would support this thesis throughout her paper by means of both primary and secondary sources, with the intent to persuade her audience that her particular interpretation of the situation is viable. 
    Analytical research paper: 

    The analytical research paper often begins with the student asking a question (a.k.a. a research question) on which he has taken no stance. Such a paper is often an exercise in exploration and evaluation. For example, perhaps one is interested in the Old English poem Beowulf. He has read the poem intently and desires to offer a fresh reading of the poem to the academic community. His question may be as follows. 

    How should one interpret the poem Beowulf? 

    His research may lead him to the following conclusion. 

    Beowulf is a poem whose purpose it was to serve as an exemplum of heterodoxy for tenth- and eleventh-century monastic communities. 

    Though his topic may be debatable and controversial, it is not the student's intent to persuade the audience that his ideas are right while those of others are wrong. Instead, his goal is to offer a critical interpretation of primary and secondary sources throughout the paper--sources that should, ultimately, buttress his particular analysis of the topic. The following is an example of what his thesis statement may look like once he has completed his research. 

    Though Beowulf is often read as a poem that recounts the heroism and supernatural exploits of the protagonist Beowulf, it may also be read as a poem that served as an exemplum of heterodoxy for tenth- and eleventh-century monastic communities found in the Danelaw. 

    This statement does not negate the traditional readings of Beowulf; instead, it offers a fresh and detailed reading of the poem that will be supported by the student's research. 

    It is typically not until the student has begun the writing process that his thesis statement begins to take solid form. In fact, the thesis statement in an analytical paper is often more fluid than the thesis in an argumentative paper. Such is one of the benefits of approaching the topic without a predetermined stance.