Research Interviews.

This year, all standard and honors students will participate in research interviews. This will be a face to face interview with your teacher and one or two other teachers about your research.  These “interviews” will likely take place in the English Hallway directly outside your classroom.

These “interviews” will take place during the class periods between 4/14 and 5/2.  Your interview will last about 15 minutes.  We expect that you are well prepared and that you are knowledgeable about your topic.  You may prepare note cards and use visual aids/products as you deem appropriate. If you wish you show a video or a slide show as part (may only last 3-4 minutes) of your presentation, you must supply all technology (bring a laptop etc.). You will receive your graded research paper back at the end of your interview.

Here are some sample questions. Other questions, specific to your research will be used also.

1. Could you tell us about your thesis and counterargument?

2. Tell us briefly about the process you used in developing your argument and research?

3. If you were to begin it again, are there any changes you would you make to your overall argument?

4. How would you explain the broader significance of your research? (Why does it matter?)

5. What audiences are you addressing? (Who will care?)

6. How does your research address culture, language, race, or ethnicity?

7. What is the most significant piece of research that you have read relating to your topic?

8. Describe your overall research conclusions.

9. Where do your research strengths lie? Why? What are your  research weaknesses? And how will you improve?

10. What are some possibilities for future study in this field?

The following rubric will be used: interview rubric_EnglishIV


Students not being interviewed will engage in a study of modern poetry and prose. Student leaders will be selected (for extra credit) in each class to help facilitate this independent study.

Research Deadlines

The first draft of your research paper is due as follows. This means 8-10 typed pages of research with citations and a works cited page.

Periods 1,2,3: due Thursday March 20.

Periods 4, 5, 6, 7: due Friday March 21. 

You will receive two grades: a completion grade, and a percentage grade. This grade will be included with your 3rd Quarter report card.

Spring Break Reading

As a reminder, all students will need to read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein over the break. Be prepared for a quiz when we return!

In addition, rough drafts of your paper are due between 3/17 and 3/19 (depending on your period). There are no exceptions to these deadlines. Papers received after the deadline will not be graded.