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Research in the Sciences and Humanities

This class will be taught in alternate years, opposite Comparative Literature

This research and composition class covers a lot of ground! The first quarter we will focus on research methods, including strategies for using databases, searching the internet, determining credibility and bias, incorporating researched information into papers and projects, citing sources correctly, and avoiding plagiarism. We will also work on composition and revision skills for many different kinds of written pieces. During the remainder of the year, students will work independently and collaboratively to develop these research and composition skills and to produce high quality research papers and projects. Students will be expected to instruct the class about their research topics and to participate actively and civilly in discussions and debates. This challenging class, meant to be an alternative to English 9 or 10, will push students to learn quickly, work well independently and in small groups, and manage their time and tasks responsibly.