Thursday, September 26, 2013

Alex's Critical Analysis Of Douglas / Lincoln Debate



Song:  Mission Impossible

Rendition:  The Piano Guys



Alex's class was given 11 days to complete this project.

The students were to provide a Critical Analysis 
of the first Stephen A. Douglas / Abraham Lincoln Debate...
as well as several other tasks in their paper, to include 
their Argumentative Essay on the winner of the debate.

As Alex's paper is 41 typed pages...
I shall just provide the highlights of his paper
(the Critical Analysis / a sample of the Document Simplification / the Debate Winner Essay). 

This will give homeschoolers a good idea of how to construct
a critical analysis on a particular subject.

This was all Alex's efforts.

I waited until Alex was completely done with his paper...
I then did some light editing.

I had merely done a few typo corrections...
a concept correction...
and one or two extraneous wording corrections.


Alex worked on this paper on school nights after his regular homework...
and on the weekend (as he was ill...we just had him take it easy most of the weekend).

Alex simply loves to research and write papers...
and his typing is extremely fast...
so, as there are no hindrances...
he looks forward to these types of assignments.


















In the Document Simplification...
Alex had translated the original document into modern layman terms
(I just included one page each for Douglas and Lincoln).



I have included the essay portion so homeschoolers may see 
the difference between Alex's critical analysis of the debate...
and Alex's Argumentative Essay.










Alex is done with all of his papers for now...
with the exception of his Science Project.

This weekend we will work on his Science Experiment Proposal...
the Hypothesis and Variables...
and the Materials and Procedures.

The Science Experiment Proposal is due next week...
but we hope to have all of the above done this weekend.

This way we may concentrate on the experiment itself...
as well as the documentation and the associated calculations.

We hope the Proposal and Hypothesis will prove to be 
of sufficient caliber to wow the judges at this year's science fair.

We will focus on some fundamental laws of Physics.

Without giving too much away...
I will have Alex explain and demonstrate...
 the possibility of a commonly held belief of impossibility.

He will have to explain how the experiment does not violate
certain fundamental laws of physics...
if it works...
and if not...
why it had failed to produce our expected results.

As Alex has already studied basic Physics...
I will teach him the application of some of the various laws 
of what he has learned...and how certain things may be possible...
even though they seem to violate certain laws of physics
(it actually won't...we hope to be able to show why).

The basic equipment should arrive shortly...
and I will have to shop locally for the rest.

We will have to make most of the necessary equipment
out of things I can get from the local CVS.


Anyway...
we are in for a busy weekend  :)






2 comments:

  1. Another very challenging assignment from school. Just to write such a long paper is impressive, but it is obvious that Alex put in a lot of detailed analysis of the debate to be able to write the paper he did.

    You've teased the science project well... I look forward to learning more about it.

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    1. Alex has two other shorter projects to finish before we can move to the next phase of the science project. We hope to have Alex finish all three by the end of this weekend.

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