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Topic Approval & Contracts
Choosing a topic can be a tricky task.  You should try to think about a topic that you not only have interest in, but one that you can really spend time with doing the 15 hours of work required for the project. 

When planning your Senior Project, you should think BIG and work down to the DETAILS. 

The Big Idea: The big idea is a broad concept that can be explored in multiple ways, is 

engaging, and has importance to both high school students and the larger society. 

Examples of big ideas are Identity, Sustainability, Creativity, Violence, Peace, and Power.

Essential Question: By design, the big idea allows for the generation of a wide variety 

of essential questions that should reflect your interests and the needs of your community. Essential questions identify what is important to know about the big idea and refine and contextualize that idea.

Guiding Questions: These questions represent the knowledge you will need to discover to successfully meet the challenge of this project.  Generate as many as you can, but at least five (5) are expected.

Activities: These lessons, simulations, challenges, and other types of activities help you answer the guiding questions and set the foundation for you to develop innovative, insightful, and realistic solutions.

Adapted from Apple, Inc. Challenge Based Learning Concepts.

DIRECTIONS:  Download the three attached documents below and fill them out (the Topic Approval Form MUST BE TYPED).  Turn  in by the due date to your teacher for Senior Project Committee Approval.  Your topic must be approved before you proceed with any activity.

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