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Senior Project Committee Chairperson

Dowden, Cynthia
English Teacher
Melton, Russell
English / Football / Girls' Soccer / Rodeo / Senior Class / FCA
Temple, Amanda
English IV, SENIOR PROJECT Chairperson

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Senior Project

Senior Project Supply List

Below is the Senior Project Supply list. We are asking that you come prepared on the first day of classes with at least one 3 ring binder with dividers. You will be setting up your daily class binder on Day one and receiving important documents including  your Senior Project Manual. You will want to have your 3 ring binder in class in order to organize the many papers passed out to you on the first day of class.


English IV Senior Project Supply List

Due to parish and school monetary cuts, all seniors are REQUIRED to pay a $20.00 Senior Project Fee.


In addition to the $20.00 fee, all seniors are REQUIRED to have the following supplies to be used through the semester in both literature and Senior Project.


School Supply


1 ½ inch   3-ring Binders

Please have your daily class binder with you on day one.


(one for daily class binder;

one for portfolio)


2 PACKS of 5

(one for daily class binder;

one for portfolio)

Notebook Paper

At least 1 pack


2 black/1 blue/1 red


2 yellow

White out (tape)

1 tape roll

Jump drive


Clear Sheet Protectors (for portfolio)

                 1 package


With the exception of the second 3-ring binder and sheet protectors used to create the portfolio, all materials listed are needed every day. 

Procuring a Mentor

One requirement of the Senior Project is to procure a mentor, a person who has experience in the field relating to your project's topic. Your mentor will be responsible for confirming your logged hours and monitoring your progress.    You may have more than one adult assisting you, but one adult needs to be your official mentor designee who signs the required papers.

Your mentor must be over 21 and not an immediate relative or a teacher at HHS (although your teachers will certainly be providing guidance).  Your mentor must be able to confer with you regularly (in person, by phone, or by e-mail) and must be able to verify the completion of 20+ hours on your product.

How to Find a Mentor

Once you have selected the field of study for your research and your product, ask your friends and family about possible mentors (people who are experts in your field of study).

Some suggestions of those to ask about possible mentors are as follows:

1. friends, neighbors, relatives

2. employers, current and former

3. School-to-Career advisors

4. school counselors, teachers, and coaches, past and present

5. your own physicians and dentists

6. community and city agencies such as churches, hospitals, senior citizen agencies, recreation departments

8. universities and other schools

9. the Yellow Pages

What Are the Requirements?

1. A research paper, complete with an outline, a body of 8 to 10 pages, a works cited page with at least 5 varied sources, both primary and secondary, all in MLA format.

2. A product. based on project research (outside of research paper), hands-on experience and inquiry that has taken 20 or more hours to complete, has been brought to an appropriate real-world audience, and has been guided by an adult community mentor that is not related to the student.

3. An oral presentation of 6 to 10 minutes, that includes a visual aid, before a panel of faculty and community members that explains what the student has learned through the Senior Project research and experience, followed by a question-answer session (Note: In order to present to the Community panel, students must successfully pass the required dress rehearsals).

4. A portfolio containing all of the rubrics, checklists, artifacts, and letters and research materials employed in producing the project, as well as photos, and other evidence of mastery and completion. The Senior Project will be an important part of each student’s English IV grade and will comprise 50% of the English IV curriculum.

The Senior Project will impact the English IV grade as follows: 1. 1st 4 ½ weeks – brainstorming, required forms, research paper components (mentor agreement, letter of intent, stretch commitment, parent consent forms, steps in the research process) 2. 2nd 4 ½ weeks -- research paper components, product components (thesis statement, outline, bibliography cards, note cards, research paper draft, mentor interview, personal learning logs.) 3. 3rd and 4th 4 ½ weeks – revised research paper, product, class and panel presentations, portfolio (learning logs, final paper, mentor verification)

Final Exam – An average of the panel presentation, revised portfolio, revised research paper, and product will comprise the English IV final exam.