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Global Geography 12 C.P.

Allen High School

Independent Study Unit: Research Essay


Global Geography 12 consists of many units of study, including an independent study (essay). Throughout the units of study, while learning about and coming to understand social issues, identity and culture, you are also expected to use the content material to learn, practice, and hone general literacy and thinking skills. Length: Write a double-spaced 1200 - 1500 word essay (typed) that outlines and explores the relationship between location and population for a global issue. A list will be posted in the class for students to signup for a global issue. You must use at least five sources and all source material must be current and credible. Neither Wikipedia nor general information websites (ex: about.com) are credible sources for this paper. The evaluation for this essay will be based on a number of factors, including: topic selection, an essay outline and annotated source list and final draft. Due dates and point values will be assigned for each step. Plagiarism will be dealt with as per the student code of conduct.

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Independent Study Submission Order In submitting your essay, make sure that the below order is followed. 1. Title Page 5. Section 3: Critical Relationships Between 2. Introduction Location and Population 3. Section 1: Overview of Location 6. Conclusion 4. Section 2: Overview of Population 7. APA Works Cited Page Format 1. Font - 12 point Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Tahoma, Trebuchet, Calibri, Helvetica 2. Double - spaced 3. APA Format Introduction: The opening paragraph of your essay should introduce the issue you will explore in your essay. It should contain a clear thesis that states a clear position about the relationship between location and population in the topic you have selected. Finally, it should outline the key ideas you will discuss/analyze in each of the three required sections for this essay to provide a road map of the progression of your thoughts for the entire paper. Section 1: Overview of Location In this section of your essay, you should define the setting for your issue. Your exploration in this section should consider, range (total area affected, number of countries/communities involved) as well as noteworthy physical features and properties of these that have played a role in your issue. Section 2: Overview of Population In this section of your essay, you should define populations and perspectives involved in your issue. Your exploration in this section should consider demographic aspects of population (nationality/language/race/socioeconomic status, etc.) along with cultural perspectives (corporate, government, military, civilian, activist, non-profit, religious, etc.). Section 3: Critical Relationships Between Location and Population In this section of your essay, you will explore the relationship/interplay between people and place as it pertains to the issue youre studying. Concepts you have learned in this course that are applicable here include: demographic analysis (population density and distribution), indicators of development and quality of life, human/environmental interaction (where applicable). This section should also provide a sense of the historical and present relationship between location and population and project how you see this relationship changing in the future based on current trends or knowledge. In Text Citations As a research paper, it is expected that you will make reference to the full range of required sources through quotations (in line, block, ellipsis) and, where appropriate, paraphrasing sources. Each reference to your sources should be noted with an in text citation properly formatted according to APA standards. Refer to the APA guide provided for tips on how to cite works in text in APA. Conclusion You are to use this space to finalize your thoughts. Restate your thesis. Summarize the key arguments that support your position on the issues outlined in your essay. You are basically providing a brief, yet conclusive overview of your thesis defense. No new points are to be introduced at this time. The finished version of the conclusion should be approximately quarter of a page in length. Works Cited This is a formal listing of the sources quoted in your essay. Refer to the APA guide provided for tips on how to create a works cited list in APA.

Assessment Checkpoints Topic Selection: Due: Monday, 24 March 2014 Topics are posted in the classroom and on the website. Students are to choose a topic and narrow down the broad topic to one that can be supported or refuted. Essay Plan & Annotated Source List: Due Monday, 7 April 2014 Given the three section composition of this research essay, students will draw up, in point form, a plan for each of the required sections. Along with this, students will be required to present a list of the sources they have located and read to inform their thinking; evidence of annotation of these sources will be monitored as well. Criteria for Assessment: Final Draft 6 A relevant position/thesis is clearly stated. Superior recall of factual content; organized in a thoughtful and effective manner. Position is supported with thoroughly developed details and insightful conclusions are drawn. Expression is clear and fluent with few flaws in communication. 5 A relevant position/thesis, as directed by the command term, is clearly stated. Proficient recall of factual content; organized in a thoughtful and effective manner. Position is supported with well-developed details and effective conclusions are drawn. Expression is generally fluent with few flaws in communication. 4 A relevant position/thesis, as directed by the command term, is adequate. Competent recall of factual content; generally organized in a clear manner. Position is supported with sufficient details and adequate conclusions are drawn. Expression is sufficiently fluent; errors do not impede meaning. 3 A relevant position/thesis, as directed by the command term, is adequate. Minimal recall of factual content; organization is attempted. Position is supported with some detail and conclusions are weak. Expression is limited; errors may distract and impede meaning. 2 A position/thesis is insufficient. Limited recall of factual content; lacks organization. Absence of supporting details, little or no relevant conclusion. Expression is awkward; errors interfere with meaning. 1 A position/thesis is absent. Deficient recall of factual content; lacks organization. Absence of supporting detail. Expression is full of errors making understanding difficult. 0 No attempt is made to answer the question. Breakdown of Grading Topic Selection (as outlined above) Essay Plan/Annotated Source List (as outlined above) Completed Final Draft (as outlined above score will be multiplied by five) APA Format Usage (Title page, page numbering, in-text citations, etc.) Works Cited List (APA Format) Due: Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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Suggestions for Independent Study Famine 9. Displaced People/Refugees Religious Belief and Conflict 10. Womens Rights Foreign Aid 11. Free Trade Environmental Action Groups 12. Health Issues Non-Governmental Organization 13. Genetically Modified Foods Tariffs and Subsidy 14. Debt Forgiveness Conflict Minerals 15. Fracking/Environmental Issues Immigration Policies 16. Other

This list is not intended to be exclusive. If there is a topic you wish to pursue that is not included on this list, please discuss it with me and we will likely be able to create a topic for you. In addition, there is leeway within a topic to create a thesis that matters to you. For instance, under the topic Health Issues you may be interested in a topic such as H1N1, HIV/AIDS in Africa, tuberculosis or another disease. Please feel free to specify a topic under a heading for research.