Investigate a subtopic of the overall topic "school" that interests you. You might choose something that Goodbye, Mr. Chips made you think of, or something that writing about your own life or studying other school stories made you wonder about.
The chart below suggests what to research, how to research it, and ways to present what you find. You can mix and match the columns, or choose several ideas from different columns. For example, you might choose to investigate standardized testing in your area by looking at historical documents and statistics, then conducting interviews; you could then present your research in the form of a newspaper story. You could create a photo essay on the subject of school cliques done through site visits to a number of schools. Or you could do an inquiry into the topic of school violence by beginning with the newspaper stories and editorials written as a result of the Columbine massacre and other tragedies; you could then write an editorial for your own school newspaper about how to prevent a future occurrence.
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