Another big undertaking, but a very fun (and VERY challenging) research project for students. This one is probably best suited for higher-level students, or for students who need challenge.
Based around the idea of "serious answers to silly questions," this project begins with a very simple premise: students develop a "What if...?" research question, then pursue it. In the process, they try to come to an understanding of the consequences, outcomes, and/or implications of their question by examining scientific, artistic, and philosophical texts and responses that connect to their question.
For students who attacked this project with their fullest efforts, it generated probably their best work of the year. It is a lot of work, and requires complex, abstract thinking to truly succeed.
This 16-page document contains everything you need to get started, and to seriously challenge your students:
- Instructions & assignment guidelines
- Rubric for final research project
- Creative "Proposal Map" visual project proposal assignment
- Rubric for "Proposal Map"
- Instructions for annotated bibliography, with sample entries
- Rubric for annotated bibliography
- Handout on in-text citation techniques and guidelines
- Peer review worksheet & progress rubric
- Post-peer review self-reflection questions