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Senior Project

A senior project will also be required for graduation.

Objective: Students will be able to show real-world application and understanding of skills obtained during the course of their high school education that goes beyond classroom instruction.


  • Part of 11th Grade and throughout 12th grade
  • Moderate use of technology
  • Community mentor/professional contact
  • Audience: school and community


  • Students will select topics
  • Teachers and mentors will evaluate outcomes
  • Students, mentors, and teachers will define the products and activities


The Senior Project introduces, reinforces, and refinces the following skills:

  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Information acquisition and literacy
  • Reading for understanding
  • Research skills and informational literacy
  • Writing in a variety of modes
  • Questioning and problem solving strategies
  • Critical, creative, and innovative thinking
  • Interpersonal/intrapersonal skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Presentation
  • Adaptability and Fleibility
  • Attention to detail
  • Conscientiousness, punctuality, and efficiency
  • Decision-making
  • Ethical practices
  • Goal setting
  • Prioritizing
  • Task analysis
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Appropriate professional business dress and grooming
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-discipline and self-management
  • Self-evaluation

Shelley High School Senior Project Requirements

Professional Contact

  • Interview someone who is in the field of an expert with the project subject that you have selected.
  • Prove they are an expert ( Credentials, Qualifications, Achievements, etc..)
  • IT MAY NOT BE YOUR PARENTS. If your parents are experts then they certainly know someone who is. One of the purposes of the assignment is to get you to stretch your comfort level.
  • You are required to ask at least five questions (more when appropriate)
  • Questions should be about your project, the subject or field that you are involved in.
  • Record time and date of interview and type notes summarizing the interview and write a reflection on what you learned.

Hours Log and Journal

  • 15 Hour Requirement (Log hours in journal)
  • Weekly journal with picture or documentation (7 total Entries with 7 pictures)
  • Entries must be at least a paragraph in length and contain a description of activity, time, and a reflection.


  • Paper (6 paragraphs typed and double spaced)
  • Hours log and Journal Entries (At least 7 typed entries with evidence of total hours)
  • Picture of Documentation (At least seven matched to the journal entries)
  • Personal Information Attributes and Skills Section (resume, a get to know me letter, use of pictures to describe, etc.)
  • The top 10 projects performed on schedule and displayed at PTC will be recognized and rewarded (Teachers nominate and a panel will decide).

Oral Process and Presentation (Must include a visual and be a 6-8 minutes in length and will be delivered in Government or predetermined class in the SECOND QUARTER)

  •  Explain what the project it and why it was selected
  • Show documentation of the process
  • Show accomplishment (What did you learn?)

Public Forum

  • Display your product using a visual to the public at parent teacher conference in October.

Senior Project Essay

Part One- Introduction Paragraph

  • What you decided to do for your project?
  • What made you think of this or inspired you to do it?
  • What do you wish to accomplish to learn?
  • How will this benefit myself or others?

Part Two- Process BODY Paragraph(s)

  • You can use your timeline and photo journal entries here to recreate the process
  • Tell how you got started, who you met with or who helped you.
  • Give a DETAILED explanation of the final product in this section
  • Basically, these are the steps tat you took to complete your project/product. Tell what worked and what didn’t in this section.

Part Three- Conclusion Paragraph

  • What was learned or accomplished?
  • How did this benefit you or others?
Oral Presentation Guidelines

Visual Aid

  • Visual aid should be something that helps your audience understand your presentation and your explanation of your project.
  • Visual aid should demonstrate considerable time and effort.
  • The focus of your visual aid should be substance, not just show. Include information from your research with your actual hands-on project.
  • The visual aid should assist you in keeping your speech organized. Random information should not be slapped onto a poster. It needs to have a meaning and an order of information.
  • The visual aid might be (but is not limited to) one of the following: flip-chart, transparencies, handout, presentation board, PowerPoint, photographs, video/ DVD, demonstration, or the project itself.  Be cautious when using technology; sometimes it’s temperamental.


Your speech should anticipate questions that might be asked about your project.  You should be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Why did you choose this topic for your research and project?
  • What did you hope to learn from your research?
  • What did you actually learn?
  • How did you connect your project to your research paper topic?
  • How did this research paper and project help you “stretch”?

Delivery and Appearance

  • Note cards may be used, but don’t just stand up and read them.
  • You can walk as you speak, but within a defined area.
  • Use your hands to gesture for emphasis.
  • Use voice inflection to highlight important points and to keep the audience interested.
  • Enunciate clearly.
  • Make eye contact with your audience.
  • Be clean and well-groomed.
  • Wear neat, professional business clothing such as pressed dress pants or skirt, tie, button-up collared shirts or shirt/blouse, and nice shoes, unless you need to be in a costume for a performance. No Levis, sweats, or any type of lounge clothing is acceptable.
  • No excessive or distracting jewelry.
  • Demonstrate good grammar and usage.
  • Speak clearly and confidently.

Use of Time

  • Keep your presentation within the 6-8 minute limit (including questions).
  • Use the time wisely to show what you have learned.


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