Choosing a Topic

The first step in creating your Senior Project is to select a FOCUS. A focus is essentially the theme of the project and should directly relate to a personal interest or goal you might have for your future. The specific focuses fall under three categories: Career, Social Service or Creative. The 3 links below present each focus, defining its goal, providing example of an essential question, what your real life experience may be and sample of possible products.

Take a few moments to click on each of the focus areas below.

Project Focus Inventory

Don't have an idea for your capstone project yet? Click here to download the topic inventory to help you come up with ideas. If you have already decided on a specific focus, you may skip over this inventory and move on to step 3.

  1.  Open the topic inventory using Microsoft Word.

  2.  Fill out questionnaire, which will ask you to list your interests in the career, creative and  social areas.

  3.  In the provided Table of Interests list all of the interests from the above questions.

  4.  Take a moment to reflect on your Table of Interests.  Choose the two topics you are the most passionate about. 

  5. Use the 2 topics you've selected in your brainstorm activity.

Brainstorm Activity

  1. Open Inspiration 7.5 by going to Start>All Programs>Inspiration 7.5

  2. You will use Inspiration to brainstorm your questions.  If you do not know how to use Inspiration, click here for a tutorial.  Use each of your first topic as a main idea in your brainstorm.

  3.  Ask any and all questions that pop into your head about your first topic following the following Right Question Project rules:

    1. List any and all questions that pop into your head.  There is no such thing as a bad question!

    2. Don't stop to think about or discuss the answers to your questions

    3.  Write the questions exactly as they pop into your head (do not try to reword them to make them sound better.

    4. Change any statements into questions 

  4. Identify 5 close ended questions (questions that can easily be answered with a few words) and turn them into open ended questions (questions that require more complex answers)

  5.  Reflect on all of your questions related to your topic.  Pick your most important three questions and color them red.

  6.  Repeat steps 1-5 for your second topic.

  7. When you have completed this process, call Mr. Muhammad to discuss selecting your essential question.