Junior year students are asked to select and research a current, controversial issue in which they identify and explain their personal biases about the subject, objectively report on both sides of the issue, and draw conclusions challenging or reaffirming their own beliefs and opinions. This process is intended to help students recognize the importance of difference of perspective in our society, critically analyze where and how we collect information, and formulate their own opinions based on research, not assumption.
Why research projects: These type of inquiries ask students to
Demonstrate an understanding of research as a process of gathering, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate sources. Integrate own ideas with those of others.
Formulate an assertion about a given issue and support it with evidence appropriate to the issues, position, and audience
Read texts thoughtfully, analytically, and critically in preparation for writing task.
Use writing as a means to engage in critical inquiry by exploring ideas, challenging assumptions, and reflect.
Develop strategies for writing: particularly organizing, drafting, revising, and copy-editing.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the conventions of language, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.
This is a compilation of their findings: 2016, 2017