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Abridged Judging Rubric:

About the project: For this presentation, students were first asked to develop a researchable question related to the topic of self and identity with respect to larger societal structures such as race, class, gender, etc. In teams, students then gathered information and compiled an annotated bibliography of helpful sources in pursuing their research question. Some also conducted original research in the form of interviews or surveys. Today, they present the results of this inquiry along with how this project impacted their understanding of their original question.

Content of presentation

1. Presentation is neatly and professionally done.
2. Research question is clear and compelling.
3. Rational (reason for research) is clear, appropriate, and compelling. Reason for pursuing this research is clearly presented.
4. Method of research is well-considered an appropriate for the question.
5. The research process is clearly presented.
6. Results/conclusions are appropriately presented and explained.
7. Results/conclusions are authentic and address any unanswered questions or paths for further inquiry.


1. Presenters are appropriately attired.
2. Presenters are all knowledgeable about the project.
3. Central message is compelling (precisely stated, appropriately repeated, memorable, and strongly supported)
4. Presentation is appropriately organized and sequenced.
5. Presenters speak confidently and articulately. Language choices enhance the effectiveness of the presentation. Appropriate for audience and context.

A set of templates for the upcoming Legacy Project! Use these to check your formatting and style.

You will find both a corrected Research Proposal Template as well as an additional template for your Annotated Bibliography.

We are trying to get better standards for internet research from our little birds… To that end, we are introducing the CRAAP Test for evaluating resource reliability. You will be given three sites that appear reliable but only one is actually a “good” source. However, we want you to avoid the chaff and turn to the databases as an alternative to the madness Google tends to feed you.

CRAAP Test Handout:

CRAAP Test Scoresheet:

Our websites for evaluation:

All About Explorers: Christopher Columbus –

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus –

Canada protects unique glass sponge reefs – –

Here are some resources to help you complete your draft of the annotated bibliography:

  1. Annotated Bibliography Template – formatted for Microsoft Word, this provides the correct style and formatting to meet modern MLA standards.
  2. Annotated Bibliography Template (Google Docs) – formatted for Google Docs, this provides the correct style and formatting to meet modern MLA standards. You must open this then save a copy to your own Google Drive to edit it and add your own data.
  3. Annotated Bibliography PowerPoint– a PowerPoint slideshow designed to guide and assist you with your AnnoBib.
  4. The Purdue Online Writing Lab – a site dedicated to MLA formatting and proper citation, consult here first if you need to cite something not covered in class.
  5. Short Story and Poetry Citations

Here is the link to begin your proposal. Remember to go to File, Make A Copy then save it to your G-drive!

Research Proposal HyperDoc

Here you will find a template for your essay! Just change the name in the header and in the top left-hand corner as well as change it from English 7 to English 8. Additionally, make sure you replace the “X” and put your correct hour. Remember, this template has been created with the proper formatting already built-in!

General Class Template (Word)

General Class Template (Google) (Please download a copy of the Google document then edit as you see fit.)

You will turn in your final essay on Thursday with additional documents in the following order: final copy, rubric, rough draft, original timed writing, study guide, annotated reading.

The following are the link to your research question, this week’s handouts, and bonus handouts to enhance your essay! Sweet…

Link to turn-in your research question: