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EXAMPLE OF A TITLE PAGE TITLE – WITH NO PAGE NUMBER ON IT – UP HERE. Down here: Name Date Course Title – check CMS for exact format!!!!! 1 1 Senior Research Project 2017-2018 Senior English and Contemporary Philosophical Issues (Senior Bible) English: Mrs. Helmcamp, Mr. Montecino Biblical Studies: Mr. Horner, Mr. Cabalka Introduction: Project is cross-curricular, the English and Biblical Studies Departments. All Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs) will be addressed: • Service Minded Citizens • Effective Communicators • Critical and Higher Level Thinkers • Quality Producers ESLR Goal of the Senior Research Project: that each student would recommend a positive course of action to society (Service Minded Citizen), through a written paper that effectively communicates its thesis (Effective Communicator), by using competent argumentation (Critical and Higher Level Thinking), to produce a competently researched position (Quality Producer), on a contemporary socialethical or philosophical issue. Word Processing: it is required that this paper be submitted in a Microsoft Word doc or docx format. Pages, PDFs, Google Docs, or other word processing formats are not acceptable. Length: Min-Max = 8 to 10 full pages double-spaced, excluding title page and bibliography. Font: 12 point Times New Roman. Margins: 1 inch (note: default setting for Word is 1.25). Style Format: Strictly Chicago Manual of Style. To locate all needed style formatting, use “The Owl at Purdue,” at Purdue University’s online resource: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/ or https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/ Point of View: third person perspective. Language, vocabulary, and style: scholarly and formal Credible Sources: • The textbooks used in junior and senior Bible must be used and cited if your subject is discussed in our textbook (Moral Choices, Unshakable Foundations, Understanding the Times). • The Bible must also be used and cited in a topic relevant manner. • Ten Total Sources: Eight sources beyond the Bible and classroom textbooks must be used and cited for a total of ten (10) sources minimum for this project. • Recommended: “Thompson Gale: Opposing Viewpoints” (the BCHS Library web link). • Websites listed in this Senior Research Project Description. • Use of hard copy or online sources not on the recommended list need to be approved. • A movie, a work of fiction, poetry, or lyrics to songs. • Personal interviews and teacher lectures also count as sources. Research Sources – Internet Based: All research may be internet-based, except for the requirement to use the Moral Choices textbook where it applies to the topic chosen. The BCHS Library: Thomson-Gale Opposing Viewpoints Research Center is most highly recommended for online research. Instructions to access are found on the BCHS website. 2 2 Types of Research Paper: • ARGUMENTATIVE PAPERS An argumentative paper presents in an equally balanced manner the two chief sides of an issue that is controversial. In your paper you must include arguments and data that are supported by footnotes from credentialed research on both sides of the issue. As the author you will analyze and present the pros and cons of both sides, while clearly adopting one side over the other. The side adopted is clearly stated in the thesis of the paper. • POSITION PAPERS A position paper presents primarily one side of a controversial issue. As the author you will state your thesis and defend it by presenting the major arguments in favor of the position your thesis expresses. Your arguments and data must be supported by footnotes from credentialed research, primarily on one side of the issue. While you must note the contrary or opposing side to your position, your paper is less concerned with giving your opponent “equal time.” The goal of a well crafted position paper is to state your case as strongly as possible, Some, or all, of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, ethics, English, history, and even law, will contribute to a successful project. Ethical Recommendation: Whether you write an argument or position paper, you must include in its final section, prior to the conclusion, a set of ethical recommendations. These state what you believe “others” should do based on the presentation of your paper’s thesis. Such ethical recommendations are “calls to action.” They may be directed toward individuals, the church, society in general, or the government. Such recommendations fulfill the ESLR goal of Service Minded Citizens. Submission to Turnitin.com: All papers are turned in electronically to Turnitin.com for an originality check. You will not submit any hard copy to Mr. Sutherland. Every student will use his or her prior account, or establish a new one. You will be given the instructions for how this will happen during a library visit. Papers that are not submitted on time through Turnitin.com will be given a zero. Topic Selection: The general domain of topics falls broadly within the subject fields of ethics and philosophy. This means those topics that fall under the category of worldviews and social ethics. Consult the topic choices on the list provided below. Any other topic must be approved. To submit a topic for approval that is not on the list, please have a conversation with Mr. Horner or Mr. Cabalka. Please note further that any topic the BCHS Parent-Student Handbook specifies as outside of our teaching curriculum is likewise outside of the range of permissible topics. Consult the Parent-Student Handbook if needed. 3 3 Topic Possibilities: this list is suggestive in a categorical sense. Topics like these are normally acceptable. Check with Mr. Horner and Mr. Cabalka if you have any questions. 1. ETHICS PAPER PHILOSOPHICAL ETHICS • The Problem of Pain, Suffering and Evil • Can We Be Good Without God? • Answering Ethical Relativism (or Utilitarianism or Ethical Egoism, etc.) BIO-ETHICS 1 – MEDICAL ETHICS • Abortion Rights and Wrongs • Physician Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia and End of Life Issues • Stem Cell Research BIO-ETHICS 2 – GENETIC AND REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES • Eugenics, Genetic Enhancements, Designer Babies • Human Cloning • IVF – In Vitro Fertilization • Transhumanism MARRIAGE AND HUMAN SEXUALITY • Sexuality: Biblical or Secular? • The Marriage Debate • Homosexuality and the Biblical Perspective • Pornography and Free Speech Debate SOCIAL POLICY AND A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE • Citizen Rights vs. Government Control • Secular Feminism vs. Biblical Womanhood • Higher Education: Free Speech vs. Political Correctness • Parental Rights vs. State Control • Separation of Church and State • Christian Ethics and the Bill of Rights SELF-DEFENSE, WARFARE & LOVING ONE’S NEIGHBOR • Just Warfare vs. Biblical Pacifism • Capital Punishment: Retentionists vs Abolitionists • Second Amendment: Is The Right To Bear Arms Christian? EARTHKEEPING AND THE STEWARDSHIP OF THE PLANET • Global Energy Policy and Loving One’s Neighbor • Recycling: A Christian Thing To Do? • Do Christian Consumers Shop With The Devil? • Economics and Earthkeeping: Free Markets or Planned Economies? • Do Animals Have Rights? • GMO’s: What Are We Doing to Food? • Global Warming and Climate Control: Is Man the Enemy of the Planet? 4 4 ETHICAL CHALLENGES OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY • Net Neutrality? Why or Why Not? • Social Media: What has this to do with Biblical Ethics • A Question of Influence: RPG’s and Acts of Violence • Cell Phones and IPods: Do Digital Devices Develop Community? • TV: An Idol of Destruction? 2. BIBLICAL-THEOLOGICAL PAPER CHURCH HISTORY • The Christology Of The Early Church • The Sacraments During The Reformation • The Use of Creeds And Confessions Throughout Church History • The First Great Awakening And It’s Influence On America SYSTEMATIC OR BIBLICAL THEOLOGY • What Does John’s Gospel Teach About Truth? • What Does The Psalms Teach About Worship? • What Does Jesus Teach About The Kingdom Of God? • How Does The Doctrine Of The Trinity Affect The C
hurch? • Calvinism vs. Arminianism • Continuationism vs. Cessationism • Covenant Theology vs. Dispensationalism APOLOGETICS • What makes Christianity Superior To Other Worldviews? • Why Would A Good God Allow Evil And Suffering? • Is It Reasonable For Christians to Claim Knowledge Of Objective Truth? • Can Christians Believe In Miracles In Our Scientific Age? • Intelligent Design vs. Evolution • Old Earth Creationism vs. Young Earth Creationism • Rationalism vs. Empiricism BIBLICAL EXEGESIS • Take a stance on a controverstial portion of Scriture and defend your position exegetically THE CHURCH AND MINISTRY • What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality? • What Are The Roles Of Men And Woman In The Church? • What Is The Role Of The Church In Relation To Culture And Public Issues? • What Should Be Included In the Corporate Worship Service? • What Does World Missions Look Like In Our Modern Culture? • How Should Christians Obey The Sabbath? • What Should Youth Ministry Look Like According To The Bible? 5 5 Ethics Websites Judeo-Christian based: The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity http://www.cbhd.org/index.html Center For Applied Christian Ethics http://www.wheaton.edu/cace Notre Dame Center For Ethics and Culture http://ethicscenter.nd.edu/ Bioethics.com http://bioethics.com/ Discovery Institute http://www.discovery.org/ – bioethics Ethics University of San Diego http://ethics.sandiego.edu/ The Heritage Foundation http://www.heritage.org/ Focus on the Family http://www.focusonthefamily.com/ American Family Association http://www.afa.net/ World Magazine http://www.worldmag.com/ ParentalRights.org http://www.parentalrights.org/ Stand To Reason http://www.str.org Leadership U http://www.leaderu.com/menus/arts.html – many relevant and excellent articles from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. Answers in Action http://www.answers.org/ – good for arguments against atheism Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry http://www.carm.org/index.html – abortion and homosexuality; problem of evil. Bethinking.org. http://www.bethinking.org/index.php The Veritas Forum http://www.veritas.org/ Oneplace.com http://www.oneplace.com/ The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality http://www.narth.com/index.html The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty http://www.becketfund.org/index.php LifeNews.Com http://www.lifenews.com/ Citizen Link http://www.citizenlink.org/ 6 6 Ethics Websites – not necessarily with a Christian Worldview Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics http://www.stemcellresearch.org/ Capital Research Center http://www.capitalresearch.org/ The Josephson Institute http://josephsoninstitute.org/ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (Public Broadcasting Network) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/index_flash.html Americans to Ban Cloning http://www.cloninginformation.org/ Grinning Planet http://www.grinningplanet.com/index.htm Theology Websites: Duke University Open Access for the study of religion and Theology http://guides.library.duke.edu/openreligion Yale University Library http://guides.library.yale.edu/c.php?g=295851&p=1972640 Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry https://carm.org/ Biola University Library Databaes http://library.biola.edu/research/databases/ Westminster Theological Semiary Scholarly Research Links https://students.wts.edu/library/freeonline.html Godon Conwell Theological Seminary Bible Studies Databases http://www.gordonconwell.edu/library/Biblical-Studies-Databases.cfm Religious Tolerance http://www.religioustolerance.org/int_rel13.htm Marquette University http://libguides.marquette.edu/c.php?g=36663&p=232890 American Theological Library Association https://www.atla.com/products/catalog/Pages/rdb-db.aspx Online Bible: this online Bible source is sufficient for all biblical citations. Bible Gateway http://www.biblegateway.com/ 7 7 Be Alert! Here are necessary rules and due dates for your paper! 1. Chicago Manual of Style format requirements – a. Cover page – yes I want one! b. Margins and pagination (header) – You must know how to do this in Word c. First page format – what goes on the first page heading d. Quotation formatting e. Citation formatting f. Bibliography page 2. Basic Grammar issues: a. 3rd person perspective failure b. Agreement: c. Placement of punctuation and quotation marks. d. Non-allowed words or usages 3. Research and integration – a. Use of quoted material b. Information without relevant commentary c. Plagiarism and paraphrasing and Turnitin.com 4. Structure/Writing issues: a. When to paragraph b. Topic sentences and topical unity c. Paragraphing structure – flow of ideas d. Information with relevant commentary e. Closing sentence f. Word Processing: it is required that this paper be submitted in a Microsoft Word doc or docx format. Pages, PDFs or other word processing formats are not acceptable. 5. Structure/Argument issues: a. Thesis is fully argued b. Opponent’s position(s) – asserted, described, not articulated in an argument (no warrants or evidence) c. Critiques of opponent’s position(s) – reliance on pejorative; weakness in showing opponent’s flaws. IMPORTANT DUE DATES: (dates are subject to change) AP Students 1. October 20, 2017 – Research Paper Quiz 2. November 3, 2017 – Turn in Topic 3. December 1, 2017 – Thesis and 5 sources 4. January 19, 2018 – Outline and Arguments 5. Feburary 9, 2018 – Turn-it-In Account Info Due 6. Feburary 16, 2018 – Final Paper Due CP Students 1. October 20, 2017 – Research Paper Quiz 2. December 1, 2017 – Turn in Topic 3. January 19, 2018 – Thesis and 5 sources 4. Feburary 16, 2018 – Outline and Arguments 5. March 13, 2018 – Turn-it-In Account Info Due 6. March 20, 2018 – Final Paper Due 8 8 All Students – A Senior Paper Guideline for Argument Papers – Mr. Martin The following illustrates what the outline and argument of your paper might look like. . . Though this structure is not required, the larger number of both AP and CP students who have been successful with their papers have followed this format. Please read carefully and ask questions before you begin researching and writing your paper!! I Introduction: In the first paragraph, or perhaps two, you would introduce your topic as an issue that has (at least) two opposing sides. You would say something about those two sides, perhaps a small bit of the history of the controversy or why the controversy is so important. You would lead up to your paper’s thesis, which will likely be the last sentence of your introductory paragraph(s). It is vital that your thesis flow from your introduction. II Statement of Fact: the next part of your paper attempts to give information about your topic that is non-controversial, facts that both sides agree on, ideas or concepts that are basic to the discussion of your topic, from both sides of the argument. (This is the place to define important terms to be used in your paper). III The Arguments: One direct and simple approach to this paper is to choose the three best arguments of your opponent to discuss and to refute. Using this approach, the middle part of your paper – which is also the main bulk of your paper – would look something like this A. Opponent’s First Argument Then your refutation or rebuttal to this argument. B. Opponent’s Second Argument Then your refutation or rebuttal to this second argument C. Opponent’s Third Argument Then your refutation or rebuttal to this third argument. IV At this point your paper may still need a positive but summary statement of your position, to include important ideas, related to your thesis, that your rebuttals did not cover. V. Following this, you would need to direct your paper to the recommended actions that follow from your paper’s position. The more concrete and specific you are, the stronger this section of the paper becomes. VI Conclusion: in the conclusion, you add no new material, but you summarize your chief points, and restate your thesis as you bring your paper to an end. 9 9 Senior Paper Grading Rubric • This Paper is a Graduation Requirement • This Paper is 20% of your Semest
er 2 Grade Grading Philosophy: As this paper is intended to reflect the supreme effort of your high school education, so the following assessment adheres to the highest standard and expectation of good writing, research and argumentation. There is no allowance for mistakes or defects in this paper that appear to be a lack of following directions or misunderstanding of the assignment. GRADING ANALYSIS #1 Elements of the Paper 60 pts Introduction Thesis Background / Statement of fact Arguments Against the Thesis Arguments For the Thesis Ethical Recommendations Conclusion #2 Writing Issues 20 pts Spelling Vocabulary and Word usage Sentence construction (includes punctuation, agreement) Paragraphing construction #3 CMS & project directions 20 pts Research documentation: Bibliography page, Citation of works, Originality CMS formats Length of paper Required sources