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Senior Project Guidelines

Due: FRIDAY, April 7th

Project Timeline:
Week 1 (March 6-10): Intro
Week 2 (March 13-17): Research in-class /Sr. Transition Retreat
Week 3 (March 20-24): Research in-class & Work outside of class [In-class:
Personal Finance]
Week 4 (March 27-31): Work outside of class [In-class: Personal Finance] &
Research in-class
Week 5 (April 3-7): Work outside of class [In-class: Personal Finance]
Mission trip leave March 23 in PM

Due Date: Friday, APRIL 7-- ALL Materials Turned-in


Week 6 (April 17-21): Presentations

Week 7 (April 24-28): Presentations
Week 8 (May 1-5): Presentation overflow & tests

The senior project is a culmination of many years of study in which the senior student
chooses an area of Asia and a topic within the realm of social studies (history, politics,
economics, sociology, psychology) which interest him or her. The senior project is not a
term paper. While you will need to study the topic thoroughly, you can choose from various
methods to present your findings. (Video programming, computer presentations, skits, real life interviews,
large murals, anthologies or writings or poems, stories told in booklet or comic book format, staged symposiums,
and staged debates are a few of the many mediums which can be used.) Students are expected to work in
groups (2-3).

Students who are not US or Taiwan citizens are REQUIRED to research a current social
studies issue from his/her passport country and make direct connections to how his/her
government handles the issue. Dual citizens can choose which country to research.

Overall Goals:
1) Students presenting will become EXPERTS about a current issue facing another nation in
Asia or their passport country and effectively communicate this information to their peers.
2) All students will learn about many current issues growing a richer understanding of the
world that they will soon be responsible for.
3) Students will learn a new technological skill/ability.

Senior Project Proposal: Each group must submit a completed Senior Project
Proposal in which they explain their thesis, topics contained within the thesis, contract for
deadlines, evaluate group dynamics. DUE: Mon, March 13 submit Google Folder (1 per
Pairings: Students may select 2-3 people to work with. It is suggested they find people
whose strengths match their weakness (not necessary their closest friend) or who are from
the same passport country. Also consider the logistics of being able to work together
(curfews, driving, etc). Students may work by themselves if they receive teacher permission
(only a 25 minute presentation).
Annotated Bibliography: The bibliography must include at least eight sources as
well as a description of why this source is useful (annotation). FORMAT: Google Doc, all
sources listed in MLA format (Jr. Term Paper) with a paragraph annotation. One source
should be an interview. The interview can be scheduled for after the due date. Due
Date: Mon, March 20 (Homework grade) Format: Google Doc [put in the Google Folder]

Presentation Format: Most any method can be used as long as it communicates

information and is not a written term paper. Students must turn in all of the presentation
medium for evaluation. If the presentation is a video, then turn in the video and a written
storyboard/outline of the all the dialog in the video as well as the presentation notes
introducing the video. One presentation can involve more than one presentation method.
Presentation Length: no less than 30 minutes and no more than 40 minutes.
Students should come dressed for success. All presentation should be polished and
technical difficulties should be addressed before the day of the presentation.
Presentation Date: TBA. ALL materials are due on Friday, April 7.

Outline: Students will need to submit an outline of how they will be presenting their
material. Outlines will need to include presentation format, main information points
presented, person responsible, estimated time for each part, and resources needed.
FORMAT: Google Doc. (shared) Due Date: Mon, March 27 (homework grade)

Work Log: A daily LOG recording time spent, type of work done, specific content and
reflection must be kept as a GoogleDoc and shared with the teacher. This log will be
assessed weekly to insure that progress is being made. This will also be where a record is
maintained of the steps each student takes to achieve their personal TECH goal. Due Date:
EVERY TUESDAY (homework grade)
Sample journal:
Tues, April 1
Time spent: 45 minutes
Researching and taking notes on problems of Indias population boom from BCC online documentary
India Tomorrow.
I sent an email to Mr. Schulz to see if he could teach how to embed video clips into a PowerPoint
presentation. (Skills-Goal)

Topics over the Years

Tiananmen Square Massacre Human Rights in China Martial Arts

Child Labor in China 2/28 role today Nanjing Atrocities
Womens Rights in China Teakwondo Island Disputes: TW,PRC,JP
Pakistan/India (Nuclear Race) Underground Church Japanese Occupation
Legend of Cheng Cheng-kung Education: East v. West Tibet: Independence?
Shanghai: New economy Thailand: Child Prostitution Triads in Hong Kong
One-child Policy Chinese Gulag System US-Taiwan Relations
Cults in China AIDS in China Yakazu in Japan
Pol Pot: Cambodia Copyright in Taiwan Maoist Rebel in Nepal
Legalization of Prostitution Organ Trade NZ/JP: Earthquake reaction
Thailand: Gender Identity Philippines: Terrorism Australia: Refugees
Korea: West Envy Suicide: Japan/Korea Psych Problems in Japan
DPRK Military Pressures Quebecs Independence First Nations in Canada
Health Care: TW/Canada Korea: Bullying Corruption in Philippines
One China, Two Policies Rise of Macau Biker Gangs in Australia
Commonwealth Nations Malaysia: Peace With So Much Diversity
Housing Boom: HK/TPE Pollution: China Specific Election Cycles
Academic Pressures Rights of Migrant Workers Sex Trafficking
Beetle Nut Industry Negative Pop. Rate: TW Racism in NZ
Canada: Marijuana Laws Illegal trade: Canada/US Australia and Aborigines
Koreas Mission Push Birthrate in Taiwan/HK Military Conscription
Gun Control in Australia Lessons from Tsunami 2005 Nuclear Power in Japan

Things to Remember When Presenting:

Make eye-contact with your audience Help students to know whats important to
Use appropriate humor remember (hand-out, notes on whiteboard, oral)
Change your volume (whispering can be an Dress nicely (Look like the professional you
effective way to get people to listen) are!)
Enunciate and speak clearly Come early to set-up
Become an authority on the topic Practice the presentation
Admit when you arent certain about something Have review games or Question and Answer
Use the whiteboard to record information time
Refer to your visual aids Involve your audience
Move about the room Edit all visual aids (posters, slides, etc.)
Include interesting stories and pieces of Make the information relevant to your audience
information Acknowledge your sources.
Use a variety of media Memorize the information or use note cards

Talk to the screen or whiteboard
Read the information off the screen
Race through your information
Present too much information
Be unprepared
Have spelling mistakes on hand-outs or slides
Distract students when your partner is presenting