The Expert Project: A Year-Long Inquiry into One Subject
Honors American Literature 11th grade
What is the Expert Project?
Almost anything is interesting if you dig deep enough and spend enough time with it. And as we begin to get older we begin to find things that interest us more often, because we have greater abilities to comprehend what is happening or they fascinate us since we find it hard to explain these concepts. This project invites you to pick a topic and explore it in great depth over the course of the year. You will be asked to collect evidence on your subject: examining a articles, books, and a wide range of media from different perspectives. Choose a subject you would like to be become knowledgeable about.
Areas to consider:
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and implicitly and make logical inferences
2. Cite specific textual evidence
3. Determine central ideas of a text and analyze their development
4. Objectively summarize the key supporting details and ideas
5. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact
6. Assess how the author’s purpose and rhetorical choices shape content and style
7. Integrate and evaluate content in diverse formats (media, books, etc)
8. Evaluate the argument, specific claims, validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take
10. Read & comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently
Note: Consult with your teacher before becoming too attached to your topic. Teacher reserves the right to veto topics that are inappropriate for school, or do not merit a full year of study.
You will gather information, monitor your topic through the media, and develop your initial ideas about it, which you explore in greater depth spring semester through the paper you write and presentation you will give. Each week you will
Formal Write Up (June)
You will write a formal paper about your research subject.
Additional information about the formal write up of the project will be provided in May.
Adapted by Point Loma High School from Jim Burke 2011