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Political Science Spectrum Project – The Requirements

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


OBJECTIVE I.  To research one point on the political spectrum.

OBJECTIVE II.  To improve and increase your research skills.

OBJECTIVE III.  To make a product or presentation that accurately and comprehensively explains your point on the political spectrum while meeting all the criteria for an excellent grade.


Each group will research one point on the political spectrum, chosen by drawing

Each group member will choose 2-3 subtopics from a list to do their individual research


Research and the creation of products or presentations are two separate phases of the project and are graded separately. The research grades are individual assignments.

Topics:  Each group member will research 2-3 Spectrum Point subtopics

Sources:  Eight (8) sources per group member, minimum. Four (4) must be non-reference sources

Bibliography:  Each group member must turn in a Bibliography of their sources ( use NoodleBib)

Source          Pages/URL       Copyright Date                        Heading for Card 

3 – 5 significant pieces of information in bullet point format, or

A single quoted paragraph

Note Cards: Each group member must complete forty (40) correctly completed note cards


                                                                        Do not write on both sides of the card

                                                                        Note cards should be legible

                                                                        Note Cards need to follow the example  format

                                                                        Points are given only for 100 % completion



Subtopic choices   11/13         10 points

Note Cards             11/23         40 points

Bibliography           11/23         25 points

Product/Present.    TBA            25 points


  1. kaanan raja
    November 22, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Mr. Safranski,
    are websites reference or non-reference?

    • ljhs
      November 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Kaanan,

      Websites are non-reference ( except for online encyclopedias like wikipedia, britannica etc.)

  2. Gummi Bear
    November 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Mr. Safranski, our group has 5 people and we are doing news broadcast.
    And the total subtopic is 12 of ’em. Do we have to do all of ’em?
    Cuz that’s a lot.

  3. ljhs
    November 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Hi “Gummi”

    No, you do not have to do all of them.

    Select the very best subtopics that will fit into a approximately *10 minute* news broadcast.

    They should be the subtopics that explain your point on the political spectrum well and work for a news broadcast format.

  4. Scott and ross
    December 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    if we created our posters on the computer would it be ok for it to be on computer paper?? Or should we put 4 pieces of paper together to make it equal size??

    From Ross and Scott

    • ljhs
      December 3, 2009 at 3:15 am

      Hi Scott and Ross


      Unless I am not correctly understanding what you are proposing to do here, this “computer paper” idea would not be remotely close to the amount of work required by any of the project’s product options.

      Consider some groups are making a 10 minute ppt presentation, others are writing and filming a news broadcast. This is why the Durand style Poster option requires 3 poster boards – to make all the choices equivalent and to give you enough space to showcase your research.

      If you have something different in mind from what you just described, speak to me tomorrow in class or during study hall.

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