Please read the directions—you are responsible for knowing project expectations. This project makes up the majority of your summative score of your semester grade (350 points total).
Subject: “I’ve Always Wanted to Investigate This” or “What is in My Own Backyard?”

As a researcher, detective, and writer, you are to select a subject that fascinates or interests you—BUT you have to have access to primary research in Arizona; in other words, you have to be able to go to a place / space / group / organization in Arizona so that you can participate or investigate or experience the subject. 1. This subject needs to be focused (narrowed) but is multifaceted and complex in its own right. 2. This subject is one on which you can do primary research. 3. This subject is one on which you can access primary sources as well as secondary sources. 4. This subject is one on which you have an enthusiasm for doing serious research. You are willing to look at traditional and, perhaps, nontraditional sources; you are willing to investigate in person and read as
much as possible to learn as much as possible 5. You need to be willing to be open to where the research leads you—if you already have arrived at a judgment or think you know everything, stop now and choose a different subject6. Read that last line again: PICK ANOTHER SUBJECT if you already know your opinion before you’ve done any research. And NO—you cannot repeat a research essay from the past. It is your
senior year; you need to pick a new subject.

Focal Point Process Research Paper & Annotated Works Cited
Basic Aspects on Inquiry-based Research
1. You are responsible for researching a focal point—a very focused subject. If you wanted to research The subject “angels,” your focal point would be much more specific question, such as—“Are Precious
Moments Angels representations of Biblical angels?” or “Are vampires post-modern angels?”2. Once you have that question, you have a focal point to research. You will research both primary and
secondary sources; you will do some primary research as well. 3. VERY IMPORTANT: You have to make certain that you can do primary research within your own back yard—you might if you have a question on visual portrayals of angels, you might go to various studios like the one in Tubac, Arizona, in which artists paints angels; or you might find Sedona filled with all sorts of concepts of angels. Or you discover a local museum is conducting a lecture on angels in art. 4. As you research you WILL ANNOTATE / TAKE NOTES about what you find (information, data, opinions, claims, evidence, arguments). You will also JOURNAL about what you think regarding this information, data, opinions, claims, evidence, and arguments. Your journal is a reflective work—so you must “reflect.” You will also think about the Charisms and reflect upon them within your journaling. 5. You need to ask questions—that is what “inquiry” means. If you do not have questions, then you are not doing real research. And if you do not ask questions about what you find or the “answers” you get, then
you are not doing real research. It is not enough to be happy with the first answer or response. Ask
questions: Is this source reliable? How do I know? Does everyone agree with this individual? Let’s take