The Choosing to Participate (CTP) project is the 7th Grade interdisciplinary research project. It is the culminating event in the academic life of each Milton 7th grader and represents an amazing milestone in your learning journey.
CTP is designed with the following goals:
To learn about a specific issue that is of interest to you and has significance to the global community;
To develop opinions about and potential solutions for these issues;
To deepen your ability to think critically through research, writing, artistic expression and presentation;
To develop research and library skills with attention to developing and defending a thesis (claim), conducting and searching for research and data, paraphrasing and writing ideas, following formats and requirements, peer editing, and time management.
The theme of CTP is GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP. As such, it is important to consider the following essential question:
How can I make a difference in the global community?
You will be asked to reflect on a topic that is personally meaningful to you and relates to this theme in some way. You will then investigate how people have evolved in terms of the way they think and act towards your topic. You will analyze things such as scientific discovery; social, cultural, and political events; and how leaders come together to create important change in the world. You will also look into the future and make predictions and recommendations as to how your issue should continue to evolve. The focus will be on taking personal responsibility and leadership -- essential elements of being a global citizen. Change doesn’t happen by itself; it takes people who recognize and take advantage of opportunities to advance the the global community into the future.
You are all doing projects on very different topics, so each of you will need different kinds of resources. The best place to start is the library catalog, where you can find many resources. Those of you doing more academic projects will get the most out of Cox Library's online databases, which pull together different kinds of credible, scholarly material -- magazine and newspaper articles, journal articles, primary documents, encyclopedia entries. People researching very recent topics may find more useful information by looking at other websites.
Check on the next few pages for links to our book catalog, our online databases, and a list of helpful websites
We expect complete integrity in all matters, personal and academic. Truthfulness, even in the face of social pressure, is one of the values the School most wishes to establish. Any lie by a student to an adult in the community is considered a major offense.
a. Academic integrity is fundamental to a school, and Milton Academy expects that all students will act honestly in every part of their academic lives. Cheating is a serious breach of our academic standard. The School recognizes that a variety of types of cheating can occur. During the fall of each year, the faculty review with students the School’s standards regarding academic integrity and cheating. One type of cheating that we try especially hard to educate students about is plagiarism, the act of taking someone else’s work as your standards, rules and expectations 27 own. “Work” in this context could be someone else’s thinking or someone else’s writing. Students may not turn in previously completed work for new credit without explicit permission of the instructor.
b. Personal Integrity: Students are expected to act with honesty and integrity. Dishonesty is considered a violation of the School’s fundamental values. Lying seriously compromises trust within the community in a way that the School cannot tolerate. Students need to be aware that lying includes, but is not limited to, any false representation verbally or in writing (for example, signing in another student for an assembly, a class or other required
The resource guide was created by Beth Reardon, based upon an original guide by Emma Johnson.