Harrisburg School District
Research and Data Gathering Project
* Research and examine a chosen topic
* Demonstrate an understanding of the chosen topic
* Develop a way to demonstrate the topic information to others
* Explain the topic concepts to others
* Plan, organize, and use a time-line to meet the project deadline
# Choose an area of interest included in the driver education curriculum that you would like to know
more about. Look in your textbook for possible topic ideas. Use the topic question handout to
help choose your topic. (see TOPIC IDEAS)
# Compare and/or contrast, at least two concepts/components of the topic area.
# Develop a creative and fun way to present your results. (see OPTIONS FOR PRESENTATION)
# Develop a time line to plan and complete the project. Complete and turn in the
periodic reports throughout the semester.
# Give your project a title.
# Gather information and put it together to generate your report. Include references,
sources of information (books, magazines, web sites, people, etc.). You must
have at least four references of at least two different types. These must be listed
in your bibliography. You may use only three internet references.
# Select a way to present your topic information that will best express your ideas and
highlight your individual talents and abilities (see Options for Presentation). The
choice is yours. There are no more points for any one method of presentation.
# Make it neat and commplete. No minimum number of pages. You should be able
to say that, "I have said all I need to say" when you are through. Verbal presentations
are limited to ten minutes.
# Make sure your name(s) is/are included on the final project.
# If you are presenting an opinion, back it up. Be able to support/defend it.
# If you choose to work as a group, you must demonstrate that all those involved have
participated equally. No more than three people in a group.
# You will need to find ample time to work on the project outside of class. Limited
time will be provided during class. One library period of class time only.
Topic Ideas: This list is not inclusive. It's just a couple of ideas. Choose a topic that
you find interesting and would like to know more about.
Fatigue Road Rage Excessive Speed
Driving Distractions Disabilities Driver's Age
Right-of-Way Rules Speed Limits Buying a Car
Driving Environments Driving Techniques
Compare driving laws/rules in another country/state
Presentation Ideas: Some ideas, let your imagination go wild. Do something that
is fun and you will enjoy.
Verbal Report: Present the topic to the class in the form of a speech or presentation.
Visual aides or Power Point are suggested.
Skit: Perform a skit or puppet show based on your topic, as a group. Needs to fulfill
rubric requirements. Should be 5 - 10 minutes long. Costumes, props, etc. should
be considered for use (no automobiles in class).
Visual Presentation: Present a visual presentation that describes and explains your
topic (video you made, mobile, poster).
Musical Presentation: Present a song, rap, or some form of musical presentation
that covers your topic.
Research Report: Written paper discussing your topic. No minimum number of
Other possibilities: Look at other creative ways of presenting your topic. Must be
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