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INDEPENDENT STUDY

The purpose of the Independent Study is to provide students with opportunities to do authentic projects that may be information, research, or product oriented.  Informational Projects will require students to collect and compile thorough and unique information and to consult at least two professionals in fields related to the chosen topic.  The Research Projects will require students to formulate thesis statements, generate/collect data related to their theses, consult at least two professionals in the field, analyze data, and formulate conclusions based on the research process.  Product Projects will require students to do research, consult at least two professionals related to the chosen topics, and then create end products.

Each student will be assigned a mentor from the HEP department.  Projects may come from the following curricular areas:  Art, Business, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, or Technology.*  Students must submit a proposal for the Independent Project to their mentors for approval prior to beginning the projects.  Mentors will be responsible for guiding the students through the Independent Study process.  Mentors will meet with each student at least once a month to monitor progress, set new progress goals, and to help the student trouble shoot any issues.

Each Independent Study student will be responsible for giving a final presentation (at least 15 minutes in length) to an audience deemed appropriate by the mentor.  Some examples would include, but not be limited to, a group of peers, teachers/administrators at a faculty meeting, classes related to the research topic, school board members, professionals from the community, or parents.  All projects must be completed by April 1. 

Upon successful completion of the Independent Study, students will be awarded 1 credit in the content area of the project.  The grade will be Pass/Fail and will not impact the student’s GPA.  The mentor will serve as the teacher of record.  The Independent Study will appear on the student’s transcript.

 

* Students may select other areas of interest; however, these students will NOT be eligible for the credit or the grade for the project which means it will NOT be on the student’s transcript.

 

The rubric for the project and presentation are attached. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECT & PRESENTATION RUBRIC

 

9-10

6-8

3-5

0-2

Introduction

Creatively captures attention, introduces self, communicates topic and thesis of project

Captures attention, introduces self, communicates topic and thesis

Generic opening, introduces self and topic

Has minimal or non-existent introduction

Content/Organization

Clear and interesting method of organization, easy to understand

Clear method of organization, easy to understand

Unorganized and/or not easy to understand

Unorganized and difficult to understand

Content/Persuasiveness

Support is appropriate with excellent examples and explanations.  Student conveyed interest and enthusiasm for the topic.

Support is adequate and examples are given.  Student appears enthusiastic.

Some lack of information or irrelevant examples given.  Student appears unenthusiastic.

Major lack of information.  Student appears disinterested and unenthusiastic.

Conclusion/Follow-up

Summarizes main points, ties back to introduction, answers questions confidently and knowledgeably

Summarizes main points, ties back to introduction, attempts to answer questions

Summarizes main points, does not tie back to the introduction, unsure

Does not summarize main points, does not tie back to the introduction

Required Visual Aid

Utilize creative and appropriate resources to present project (depictions, photos, PowerPoint, video, portfolios, models, demonstrations)

Uses appropriate resource that aids understanding

Resource reasonably related to topic but unclear or distracting

Resource does not aid in understanding, unclear and distracting

Length in Minutes

Over 15 minutes in length, might have gone above and beyond the requirement, all time is well used and important to the focus of the presentation

At least 15 minutes in length, fulfilled the requirement and the time is well used and important to the focus of the presentation

10-14 minutes in length, and/or generally on point for the majority of the presentation

0-10 minutes in length or over 25 minutes in length, presentation is rambles with unnecessary filler

Presentation Quality (Eye Contact/Use of Notes)

Maintains eye contact with entire audience, rarely refers to notes

Maintains some eye contact with entire audience, rarely refers to notes

Sporadic eye contact with audience, refers to notes often

Little eye contact, reads from notes for much of the speech

Voice (Fillers, Volume, Speed, Clarity)

Voice and volume clear, professional, and easily understood, uses an appropriate rate and varied tone for emphasis.  Appropriate grammar and word choice.  Does not use fillers.

Voice is appropriate in volume and rate.  Some variation in tone.  Uses a few fillers or inappropriate grammar, but doesn’t detract from speech.

Too quiet or unclear.  Too fast or too slow.  Uses many fillers and/or inappropriate grammar, slight distraction.

Too quiet and unclear.  Too fast or too slow.  Uses many fillers and/or inappropriate grammar, very distracting.

Use of Professional Resources

Consulted at least two professionals in related fields and clearly utilized the information obtained

Consulted two professionals in related fields but information obtained was not clearly utilized

Consulted only one professional in the field

Did not meet with professionals in a related field and no information from professionals was evident

Content/Score from paper or project

Paper or project scored 90-100

Paper or project scored 80-89

Paper or project scored 70-79

Paper or project scored below 70

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