Senior Research Project

A quality education must include the study of the great works of literature. Beginning in grade 7, every student enrolled at SCA must read one literary classic per quarter and complete a writing project related to that work. Each project must be submitted to the student’s English teacher no later than the last day of the sixth week of the quarter. The writing project is recorded as a test grade in the English class, and all four book projects must be completed to pass English in a given school year. The table on the next page indicates the type of writing project that is required for each assignment.

Senior Year
When students enter their senior year they must choose a research assignment that incorporates three works. A list of approved research assignments is included in this document. Seniors must choose an assignment and submit their choice to their English teacher using the form on the last page of this document. This form is required by the tenth day of school.

Seniors Taking American Literature
The American Literature curriculum requires students to read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the second quarter. If a student takes American Literature during their senior year then they will complete a writing project on one of the three books in their chosen research paper topic during the first quarter. In the second quarter the student will read The Scarlet Letter and complete that writing project with the rest of the class. In the third quarter the student will complete a writing project on another of the three books in their chosen research paper topic, and the final research project is due in the fourth quarter.

Students Taking British Literature
The British Literature curriculum requires students to read MacBeth by William Shakespeare in the first quarter. If a student takes British Literature during their senior year then they read MacBeth and complete that writing project with the rest of the class. In the second quarter the student will complete a writing project of the three books in their chosen research paper topic during the second quarter. In the third quarter the student will complete a writing project on another of the three books in their chosen research paper topic, and the final research project is due in the fourth quarter.

Seniors must complete a research project selected from the following options:

Mythology
Compare and contrast Homer's Odyssey with other works that have been based on it, primarily Ulysses by James Joyce, The Penelopaid by Margaret Atwood, and the screenplay Oh Brother Where art Thou by Joel and Ethan Cohen.

Mythology
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works of ancient Greek Mythology: The Illiad, The Odyssey by Homer, Theogony, The Works and Days by Hesiod, and the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Themes in Literature
Compare and contrast the following works: Great Expectations by Charles Dickins, A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, and the screenplay Sunset Boulevard by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman, Jr..

Holocaust
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works: Diary of Ann Frank, Night by Elle Weisel, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, and I Never Saw a Butterfly (a collection of art and poems by children in concentration camps).

World War I
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, One Of Ours by Willa Cather, and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

Slavery in America
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works: Up From Slavery by George Washington Carver, Roots by Alex Haley, and Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Racism in America
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and either The Help by Kathryn Stockett or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Great Depression
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and either Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand or Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Post-Apocalypse
Primarily using On the Beach by Nevile Shute, compare similarities with The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and either The Last Man by Mary Shelley or I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.

Politics and Government
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works: War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

The Nature of Man
Identify and discuss three themes common to any three of the following works: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, and Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Bronte Sisters
Compare and contrast each of the Bronte sister's most successful work: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Fantasy
Identify and discuss three themes common to the following works: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S., The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Religion
Identify and discuss three themes common to any three the following works: Foxes Book of Martyrs by John Fox, The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, and Shadow of the Almighty by Elizabeth Elliot.
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