Increase students’ engagement and choice through a rigorous college-level research project.
Students will use their research to write a literature review, essay proposal, and thesis, then defend their writing and content in a dissertation-style small group of peers.
This PDF includes the following:
Alignment to Standards
Student Assignment Pages (3)
Rubric & Two Student Samples: Proposal
Rubric & Student Sample: Literature Review
Rubric & Three Student Samples: Thesis
Peer Review Questions
Dissertation & Reflection Instructions
-Aligned to Common Core and College Board standards.
-Students engage in self-guided academic research.
-The assignment is open-ended, so it can apply to any topic(s). The topic(s) may be teacher- or student- determined. Increased student choice supports engagement!
-Students learn to write essays that include common features of college-level writing: thesis, proposal (also functions as an abstract), and literature review.
-The assignment allows the teacher to determine what and how much to teach into the assignment. It is set up so that it could be completely independent (depending on the students’ ability to conduct self-guided research and writing), or it could be the focus of a unit/individual lessons.
-Differentiate by asking advanced students to deal with more abstract concepts; support struggling students with targeted writing instruction and tools.
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