Hints for the Weekly Independent Research

Possible strategies for showing your original thinking
in your Weekly Independent Research

…with examples from student writing, week one

• Explain why the topic was interesting or how you conducted your research. (Describe your thought process as you worked to learn more.)

“When anyone thinks of cave paintings, they immediately imagine the caves at Altamira, Chauvet and Lascaux. However there are many other prehistoric artworks outside the Pyrenees Mountains and even outside Europe.”

“I stood in a crowd of gawking tourists and San Francisco natives, stroking their chins in rhythmic unison. Their fierce contemplation was commensurate with the eerie silence that plagued the room….I was gazing at James Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black: the Artist’s mother which was featured in the de Young’s new exhibit…”

• Describe images and artworks through careful observation and thoughtful word choice.

“A gentleman dressed in a hat and cane is seated next to a woman knitting and a relaxed man in working attire, smoking his pipe.”

“…he worked in a meticulous manner, woodpeckering the canvas with dots of color.”

• Compose well-organized paragraphs that assimilate information from different sources. A well-organized paragraph focuses on a strong, clearly stated main idea.

• Support generalizations with specific examples.

“The main goal of the ancient Egyptian artists was to draw the shapes and characters of nature in perfect clarity. Everything in ancient Egyptian art was to be represented from its most characteristic angle…Since the head was most easily seen in profile, it was drawn from the side. A full-face eye was placed into the side view of the face because we usually think of an eye as seen from the front. The top half of the body is best seen from the front, thus…it was drawn accordingly.”

• Include your own questions and observations about the information in the source material.

“Was the idea of heaven (holy land) ever part of the afterlife [in Ancient Egypt]?”

• Make connections, comparisons, contrasts, and other transitions between ideas.

“…lithium could very well be the modern-day lapis lazuli…”