Personal Project Overview and Deadlines 2017-2018
The Personal Project will be completed by all students during the sophomore year and will meet the graduation requirement for Quaker Valley High School.
Successful completion of the Personal Project will earn 1.0 credit toward Quaker Valley graduation requirements.
Three P’s to Pass the Personal Project (see Project Detailed Instructions for additional information)
- Paper: Between 2500 and 4500 total words. (not counting supporting documents)
- Product: The actual thing you created. If it was an event, experience, performance or something not able to be brought to school, you'll need to turn in proof such as photos or a video of it.
- Presentation: All students will present their projects to a team of evaluators. The presentation must be no less than 7 minutes and no more than 10. It must be oral and include a visual aid of some kind.
Students will be given the opportunity to work with an interested and qualified adult who will mentor the student throughout the project experience. Mentors will be assigned by Dr. Conlon. Students may decline the use of a mentor, with parent approval, though this is not recommended. In all cases, mentors will share expertise in the project topic or process as a resource and guide, but the project must be the student’s own work. School-assigned mentors will assist in the project evaluation and grading. Outside mentors are advisors or resources only.
All Personal Projects are at the Honors level because topics are self-selected and expectations for the work are high for all students. Personal Projects will be scored against a rubric for each of 8 criteria. Projects earning a C+ or better will awarded the .04 added value that accompanies Honors level courses.
Failure to complete the project has serious consequences. A failing grade (F) will be permanently recorded on the transcript and students will be required to complete a similar requirement the following year.
Here are some examples of project "types" and a list of some past projects. These might help you get your idea juices flowing. There is no idea approval deadline, but the longer you take to decide, the less time you have to work.
Upon APPROVAL of the project topic, students are to explore how professionals do their work in the field or topic they chose. They will need to introduce and develop the context of the project – the background of the topic, its current status, vocabulary appropriate to the topic, appropriate methods or techniques, etc. (see What Do You Mean by Research....for a detailed explanation of this component).
DEADLINES: See DEADLINES below DEADLINES
Project proposal forms are due on or before SEPTEMBER 14, but the finalized idea must then be approved at an individual meeting with Dr. Conlon. PLEASE STOP IN OR EMAIL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!!
AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY IN MLA FORM IS DUE TO YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER FOR A GRADE ON NOVEMBER 16 (date may be adjusted at your teacher's discretion).
- Sources should include VARIETY, i.e. books, articles, websites, people, newspapers, organization literature, documentaries, movies, TV, instructional videos, samples of the product genre, etc. NO WIKIPEDIA.
- You must have at least 7 different sources.
- You must include at least 3 different kinds of sources.
FINAL PERSONAL PROJECT DUE DATE: MARCH 22, 2018
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Linda Conlon
Secondary Academic Specialist / Project Coordinator
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (student use)