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Senior Research Thesis

This course offers homeschooled students a chance to learn the elements of academic research, prepare and present a seminar on their chosen topic, and engage with others in debate and discussion in order to improve their understanding. This two-semester course covers all the elements of academic writing, from topic selection, sentence composition, organization, through the drafting and revision process, and culminating in a final draft and a seminar presentation.

Beyond what is taught in the classroom portions, students will receive in-depth feedback on their composition, organization, and argumentation throughout the year. They will also receive guidance focused on expanding their view of their chosen subjects for the purpose of obtaining the fullest possible grasp of complicated issues. Finally, the opportunities to discuss, debate, and develop their ideas with their peers will not only push them toward a more comprehensive view of their topic, but will acquaint them with the best practices for all academic research.

This course is meant as a capstone writing and college prep course for academically inclined Junior and Senior students. The workload and the ideas encountered are set with this expectation.

Segments

Introduction and Philosophical Basis (2 weeks)
  • Plato and the Search for Truth
  • Practices Promoting the Commitment to Truth
Relationship to the Reader (1 week)
  • Distinctives of Academic Writing
  • Understanding your Audience

Technical Research Skills (3 weeks)

  • Principles of Technical Organization
  • Online and Offline Research
  • Citations
Understanding the Debate (3 weeks)
  • Reading and Understanding Academic Literature
  • Following the Thread of Ideas
Engaging with the Debate (3 weeks)
  • Summarizing
  • Incorporating Varied Ideas
  • Carving your Own Niche
Academic Composition (4 Weeks)
  • General Prohibitions
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Length
  • Metaphor
Paper Organization (4 Weeks)
  • Communication through Organization
  • Organizational Patterns
  • Best Practices for Organization
Public Speaking (2 Weeks)
  • Basic Principles
  • Self-Control
  • Adapting to Online
Presentation Composition and Practice (3 Weeks)
  • Presenting Research
  • Debating Research
  • Asking Questions
Revising and Final Drafts (3 weeks)
  • One-on-One sessions
  • Final Draft Due
Final Presentations (2 Weeks)
  • All Family and Friends Welcome

Contact for Class Registration

Teacher

Justin Klazinga

Course Info

Tuition:
$850 USD
Dates:
August, 2023 - May, 2024
Time:
Tuesday, Thursday 
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM EST
Monthly One-on-One Session
Location:
Virtual Classroom - Student Portal
Video Recording Uploaded to Class Page
Prerequisites:
Junior or Senior in High-School
Discounts:
$50 tuition discount for every referral.
$75 in-family tuition discount.
$50 tuition discount for current or former students.