Research Calendar

Research Intro and Schedule
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Research Project TigerGuides

2016 Research Topics

JAN 4-7
Week 1, Day 1: Exam review. Introduce research project with special attention to project requirements and deadlines. Outside requirements: purchase blank 4x6 note cards; obtain a library card from your local library. Discuss familiarity with Latin American history. Consider ways to identify research topics.
HW: Encyclopedia day! General encyclopedias (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Wikipedia or other similar sources by definition provide "common knowledge," which will not be cited in your final papers, but such sources are excellent for finding background information, identifying topics you may want to explore in more depth, or providing a general overview of broad subject. Use any encyclopedia you'd like, but dig in. Skim, browse, read more carefully, follow links to new topics, and begin to consider how broadly you might think about the history of Latin America.

Week 1, Day 2: Go over guidelines for the Subject and Statement of Purpose. Discuss the different directions your encyclopedia explorations may have taken. Consider places, time periods, or topics that might interest you for further exploration. Read this New York Times article: "Rescuing the Stories behind Latino Art" How is this article different from the encyclopedia articles you read? Begin looking for your own excellent article related to topics in Latin American history.
HW: Browse, skim, and read for 20-30 minutes. Identify one strong, interesting article. Post links or articles (not Wikipedia) here. Find quality sources! This assignment will count for a 10-point quiz grade. Your article must be posted and linked before 8:30 am tomorrow morning.

Week 1, Day 3: Discuss background readings and discoveries; begin thinking about we evaluate resources (consider this Evaluating Sources Worksheet as a guide). Discuss articles in groups of three (read the two other articles chosen by the others in your group, plus any one other not from your group).
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What significant research question emerges from the most interesting article you've read (your own, one of the three in your group, or the extra one you chose to read)? Continue exploring.
HW: Read, browse, explore, and think about possible topics. Have three possible topics in writing in class tomorrow. Bring me your library card anytime, due by next Tuesday. Three possible topics (ON PAPER—and not scribbled quickly as we begin class) will count for a 10-point quiz grade.

Week 1, Day 4: Introduction to source possibilities, especially using TigerGuides. Explore source potential for various topic possibilities. One-on-one discussions of topic proposals. Continue exploring your options. Library cards? Subject and Statement of Purpose due Tuesday.

JAN 11-14
Week 2, Day 1: Set up NoodleBib projects, share them with Mr. Dunne and Mrs. Langer. Discuss

Google searches, and NoodleBib guidance:
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Continue working on subject and statement of purpose, due tomorrow.

Week 2, Day 2: Library card due; subject and statement of purpose due. Discuss upcoming deadlines (especially tentative thesis statement). Today's class.

Week 2, Day 3: Discuss note card requirements.

HW: Work on NoodleBibs (two entries due tomorrow, have them printed out before class); think about your tentative thesis statement (due next Thursday).

Week 2, Day 4: To the library. Turn in two NoodleBib entries (printed out prior to class); work on tentative thesis statement (due next Thursday); continue searching for sources and begin note-taking process.

WEEK 3 (Jan 18-21)
Week 3, Day 1: NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Week 3, Day 2: NO SCHOOL: Parent Conferences

Week 3, Day 3: In the library and for homework, keep looking for sources and begin note-taking, on cards or electronically (NoodleBib). Tentaitve thesis statement due tomorrow; you have four additional NoodleBib citations (fully annotated--include source numbers!) due on Monday.

Week 3, Day 4: Tentative thesis statement due. In the library and for homework, keep looking for sources and begin note-taking, on cards or electronically (NoodleBib). You have four additional NoodleBib citations (fully annotated) due on Monday.

WEEK 4 (Jan. 25-28)
Week 4, Day 1: 4 new NoodleBib entries due (have them printed, from the browser, before class begins). Begin in the classroom to discuss progress, deal with any questions related to note cards, and to introduce optional BWC visits. Continue research, prepare note cards, and meet with Mr. Dunne to review tentative thesis. First 20 notecards due tomorrow (if you are making electronic notecards, these notes must be printed out to hand to me at the start of class).

external image snowman.jpgWeek 4, Day 2: First 20 notecards due. Discuss preliminary outline (due Thursday). Continue research (note cards, preliminary outline). Be sure to see Mr. Dunne today if you have not yet met with him to discuss your tentative thesis statement.

Week 4, Day 3: To the library: continue research: source discovery, note cards, outlining. See Mr. Dunne if you have any questions at all. Preliminary outline due tomorrow.

Week 4, Day 4: To the library: Preliminary outline due (printed out prior to class); continue researching, writing note cards (second set of 20 due Tuesday)

Also, please note: Librarian visit must be completed by Friday, Jan. 29, to receive full credit. (Extensions can be granted if you missed appointments because of snow days)

WEEK 5 (Feb. 1-4)

Week 5, Day 1: Return preliminary outlines. Continue researching, preparing note cards (second set of 20 due Thursday). Be sure to meet with Mr. Dunne individually if you are having any trouble. Looking forward: final outline (with excellent—if not final—version of your thesis statement) is due next Tuesday!

Week 5, Day 2: To the library. Continue reading and taking notes, during class time and for homework. Be thinking about your outline.

Week 5, Day 3: Meet immediately in the library. Continue reading, taking notes, and outlining, during class time and for homework. Second set of note cards now due tomorrow (Feb. 4).

Week 5, Day 4: Second 20 Note Cards due. In the library: discuss final outline (more detail; 2-3 pages long — 3 page maximum). Final outline due Tuesday (send them to me by e-mail if somehow we have a Snow Day!).

WEEK 6 (Feb. 8-11)

Week 6, Day 1:SNOW DAY!

Week 6, Day 2: To library all this week to prepare final outline, continue research, and begin working on the first draft. Final Outline due tomorrow!

Week 6, Day 3: Final outline due. Discuss , including citations.

Week 6, Day 4: In the library. Work on first draft materials. Connect with Mr. Dunne as necessary. Consider BWC appointments as you move from final outline to first draft.

WEEK 7 (Feb. 15-18)

Week 7, Days 1, 2: NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day and Professional Development Day

Week 7, Day 3 and 4: In the library. Work on first draft materials. Connect with Mr. Dunne as necessary. Consider BWC appointments as you move from final outline to first draft.

Week 7, Day 4: First drafts due; peer editing period.
HW: Make corrections to your first draft based on comments received during peer editing today.

WEEK 8 (Feb. 22-25)

Week 8, Day 1: In the library. Work to finalize first draft materials. Connect with Mr. Dunne as necessary. Consider BWC appointments as you move from final outline to first draft.

Week 8, Day 2: In the library (for those not on the Science Field Trip). First Drafts due tomorrow!

Week 8, Day 3: IN THE CLASSROOM (for the rest of this week)! First drafts due; peer editing period. Consider some thoughts on peer editing. Revise your first draft in response to thoughtful critiques of your partner! Please realize, revising and rewriting usually demands more than fixing some grammar and attending to typos! I am very critical when I grade first drafts. Give me your best possible work when you hand this in on Thursday!

Week 8, Days 4: Revised first draft due. Discuss presentation parameters: 6-8 minutes max, focus on key ideas you learned and want to share; discuss preconceptions, revelations, and discoveries you've made about the research process; don't feel the need to defend your thesis (i.e. don't just provide a shortened form of your research paper); be compelling, interesting, informative, and entertaining; do not read from a script (an outline, prompts, brief note cards are better; no notes would be best!); other advice:

Establish presentations order (trading slots is permissible); work on presentation.

WEEK 9 (Feb. 29-Mar. 3)

Week 9, Day 1: Continue working on presentations. Discuss Final Draft, Citation, and Bibliography requirements. Note: First drafts will come back this week. Your final draft is due one week from the day I return your first draft.

Week 9, Day 2: Continue working on presentations.

Week 9, Day 3: Promises video, part 1.

Week 9, Day 4: Promises video, part 2.

WEEK 10 (Mar. 7- Mar. 10)

Note: Final drafts and all previous materials due this week, one week from when you received your graded first draft.

Week 10, Day 1. Presentations:
Eric: Art and the Mexican Revolution
Josh: Soccer in Brazil
Ruby: Eva Peron and the Feminist Movement
Karina: Feminism in Brazil

Week 10, Day 2. Presentations:
Tim: Bolivar
Dunny: The Pacific War
Olivia: Guatemala
Ethan: La Violencia

Week 10, Day 2. Presentations:
Finn: Trujillo
Maddy: Pinochet
Katharine: The Disappeared
Charlotte: Eugenics

Week 9, Day 4: Presentations quiz; Research Project survey (complete during class); Promises video, continued.