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  • Manara Leadership Academy  The Odyssey Project 

         

       

       

      The Odyssey Project  

    Manara Leadership High School Handbook  Your step by step guide to your odyssey success! 

      2019-2020 

       

    _____________________________________________________________________  Student Name 

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS   

    The Odyssey Project  The Odysseys & DUE DATES  2      Purpose  3   

      Requirements  3      Notes  3/4    Deadline Requirements  Missed Deadlines  4   

      Project Deadline Requirements      Project Grading  Pass/Fail - Quarterly  5    Topic Selection  Topic Selection Guidelines  5/6   

      Brainstorm Worksheet  7    Odyssey 1  Project Proposal  8   

      Project Proposal Narrative Example  9-11    Odyssey 2  Project Proposal Rubric  12    Odyssey 3  Fall SLC’s Project Proposal  13   

      Odyssey 3, 7 & 9 Examples/Differences  13-15    Odyssey 4  Revision - Writing Reflective Narratives  15   

      Reflective Narrative Example  16-17    Odyssey 5  Expert Interview  18   

      Expert Interview Proposal  19      Expert Interview Approval   20   

    Odyssey 6  Mid-Year Check In  21    Odyssey 7  Learning Expo  21   

      Narrative 2  21    Odyssey 8  Peer Review  22    Odyssey 9  Final Project - Spring SLC’s-References  23-24   

      Final Mentor Evaluation  25-27      Project Documentation Form  28-29      Scoring Rubric Form (to be used for all public 

    and peer feedback)  30-31   

    Odyssey 10  Final Odyssey Meeting  32      Final Binder Checklist  33      Mentor Acceptance Form  34   

     

  • The Odyssey Project   

    Odyssey Deadlines are built in throughout the year and are paced to be achievable!   

    Each completed Odyssey is one step closer to your final project presentation!   

    Please use this handbook as your ongoing source of information and reference.   You may write in this handbook and use this as your Odyssey Workbook. 

     

    ● ODYSSEY 1:  PROJECT PROPOSAL - OCTOBER 11 

    ● ODYSSEY 2: PROJECT APPROVAL - OCTOBER 18 

    ● ODYSSEY 3: PROJECT PHASE 1 PRESENTATION FALL SLC’S - NOV. 19 

    ● ODYSSEY 4: FEEDBACK & REVISION PHASE NOV. 20-JANUARY 9 

    ● ODYSSEY 5: EXPERT INTERVIEW - DECEMBER 19  

    ● ODYSSEY 6: MID-YEAR CHECK IN - JANUARY 10 

    ● ODYSSEY 7:  LEARNING EXPO -SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 8 

    ● ODYSSEY 8:  PEER REVIEW - MARCH 16-APRIL 24 

    ● ODYSSEY 9:  FINAL PROJECT PRESENT - SPRING SLC’S - APRIL 28 

    ● ODYSSEY 10:  FINAL PRINCIPAL APPROVAL - May 11-21 

                   

     

  • Manara Leadership Academy Odyssey Project   

    PURPOSE:  Your Odyssey Project will demonstrate what you have learned in your year of school,  using written/oral communication, collaboration, problem-solving skills and research  in order to prepare you to be successful in school and beyond high school.   

    Each student must complete all components of their Odyssey Project experience as a  part of their Manara Leadership Academic Curriculum. The Odyssey Project and  components of deadlines are graded as a Final Project Grade for every student.   

    REQUIREMENTS: 

    1. Submit a Project Proposal to your Academic Advisor – explain and justify your  project and research topic as well as a solid plan for completing your project. ​Project  Proposal is to be included in your Odyssey Project Binder. 

    2. Complete at least 30 hours of work outside of school on your specific project. Your  time must be documented and verified by your project mentor. Keep your project  service log/journal up-to-date. ​Verified (by Mentor) Service Log is to be included in  your Odyssey Project Binder. 

    3. Write three reflective narratives to document the hours and activities of your project.  Two reflective narratives follow Odyssey 3, 7 & the third reflection narrative is written  prior to Odyssey 9. ​Three reflective narratives are to be included in your Odyssey  Project Binder.  

    4. Complete an expert interview. ​The expert interview is one of the Odysseys. This  is to be included in your Odyssey Binder. 

    5. Attend required ​SLC Odyssey ​ requirements and ​Learning Expo​ for feedback phase  requirements, as well as meet all Odyssey Phase Deadlines built into the project. 

    6. Produce a physical showcase product and prepare a presentation to educators and  community demonstrating your knowledge, your research, and your work on the  project. 

    NOTES:  

    ● Your Odyssey Project CAN be a project you have used for another class, such as a  job shadow, internship, community academic competition or similar however,  you MUST expand the experience and participate in ​additional ​ hours. Any 

  • current job you might have does not qualify as an acceptable project. You should  not receive payment for work on your Odyssey Project. However, if your current  job is in an area of interest you may develop your Odyssey Project based upon  your interest. You may not count work hours from your employer as hours  toward your Odyssey Project. 

    ● The Odyssey Project experience demands that you stretch your learning beyond  your everyday life and is subject to advisor approval.  

    ● Your expert interview must be a professional in the field and ​may not be a  relative​. 

    ● Your chosen mentor may be a relative. However, you are welcome to find a  mentor that is able to commit to supporting you in your project. ALL Mentors  must pass a Manara Volunteer Background Check before being approved as your  official mentor. 

    ● Your Manara Advisor is your check in person for this project. If your project is in  a subject area that a Manara Teacher has expertise, you may consult them for  advice and ideas throughout your Odyssey if they agree to support.  

    DEADLINE REQUIREMENTS    MISSED DEADLINES  Time is a precious resource – something you can never gain back, get more of, or  return. Time is money – employers ​never ​pay you based on how ​little ​you produce on  the job, adults are charged late fees if they miss deadlines on payments, and a person  could even lose his/her job for missing deadlines. Missing deadlines is discourteous,  causes inconvenience to all involved, and demonstrates carelessness and  disorganization. Is this the impression you want to give to others?    Deadlines may or may not be your strong area but they are an absolute must in the  professional and academic world.    Your Odyssey Project Process is a real-life experience and depends on you meeting  deadlines in a thoughtful manner so that the complex project stays on track all the way  to your project presentation.    ONLY LEGITIMATE EMERGENCIES DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND YOUR  CONTROL WILL BE GRANTED AN EXTENSION AND NOT BE CONSIDERED LATE.   

  • Should you choose to not meet the deadlines given by your Advisor, and as  outlined in this project you will be required to stay after school for additional  support until ALL missing project components are completed.    PROJECT DEADLINES: 

    ● Please adhere to the project deadlines built into this handbook. This is an  independent project. You only meet with your advisor for 15 minutes each day,  therefore it is completely up to you as a learner to be pro-active in this project.  You must submit your work or show proof of process to your advisor. It is not  their role to ask repeatedly for your work or proof you are completing the  process.  

    PROJECT GRADING    Each Marking Period results in an Odyssey Project Pass/Fail Grade indicating you are  meeting project deadlines as well as completing QUALITY WORK.   

    TOPIC SELECTION GUIDELINES  Your Odyssey Project is your chance to explore an area you have always felt curious  about and interested in. Therefore, when choosing an Odyssey Project consider the  following: 

    1.What do you plan on doing with your life after you graduate? What are your goals? 

    2. What do you feel you could passionately commit to for 30 or more hours? 

    3. What would be interesting, fun, worthwhile, and be of significant value to both  yourself and your community? 

    4.What contribution do you want to make to your school or your community? 

    The Odyssey Project topic should be one that you are interested in,  

    but not one in which you are already an expert! 

    Example: ​You have ridden horses your entire life and volunteered at a local stable to                              help children learn to ride, this topic would not be a good choice UNLESS you pursue a                                  new angle to helping children through animal therapy of which you have no current                            knowledge. 

  • ● The Odyssey Project should be one that is challenging to you academically  and creatively. The topic should require an academic and creative  s-t-r-e-t-c-h for you. 

    The purpose of The Odyssey Project is to get you to use the skills you have already  mastered and apply them to something more challenging or to an experience that will  help you grow. Does this mean that you pick a topic about which you have no  familiarity? Not necessarily. Your Odyssey Project should reflect possible career plans  for after high scho