Rhetoric Level Capstone

The pinnacle of the Legacy Academy graduate’s academic work is his or her Capstone Project. This is a crowning achievement. The goal of the project is for students to demonstrate the ability to make a long-term commitment to a difficult or complex goal and to achieve it. As a classical school, we embrace the three primary stages of learning: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. The first stage of learning is the gathering of important data and information; the grammar of any topic. Next students move to the logic phase of learning how all the parts and data work together. Lastly, students must be able to articulate and express what they’ve learned as a master of the topic. These stages easily represent knowledge, understanding, and then wisdom.

The Legacy Academy Capstone project should reflect the student’s journey through the three stages and culminate with a presentation/demonstration on the selected topic.

By the middle of the fall semester of the sophomore year, each student is required to submit a proposal to the Capstone Course Teacher for a long-term project that the student will complete by his or her senior year. Students may even start this project in the Spring of their freshman year if they desire, as students may want to amend their plans at some point, but will still need to complete a project that takes a full two years. Teachers, Administrators, and external mentors will provide assistance and support to the student in a manner that is similar to a thesis advisory committee. The project can be morphed to accommodate the individual interests of the students. Though each student’s process may look a little different, the basic process that all students will engage in is outlined below. Students will be provided additional documents and templates to use in the Capstone process.

The Capstone Project provides an opportunity for LA students to actively integrate and apply all they have mastered as students. It will allow them to demonstrate how they learn, solve problems, evaluate, study, and articulate.

Students, the Capstone Project is designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply all that you have learned to a project which will extend your learning, stretch your potential, and challenge your abilities!

 

Once a project is approved, the Capstone Project will consist of four major pillars:

  • Fieldwork & the portfolio tracking the process

  • The written paper and final project demonstration

  • The final presentation

  • Process evaluation

Examples

  • A possible Capstone Project for someone who might be interested in English Language Learners might be to investigate how people acquire a second language and produce a bilingual book for young children about a cultural event (Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year, etc.). This product will require you to write the story, translate the story, illustrate the story, and bind the final copy.

  • Research a cultural issue and track it through history.

  • Advocate and demonstrate a proof for a policy or position. (Small schools are more effective in education than large schools, etc.)

  • Learn a business and create a comprehensive advertising campaign for that business.

  • Compare and contrast various agricultural methods.

  • Design and build a solution for a common household problem or life problem.

  • Improve an existing solution.

  • Create a business and complete a business plan for it.

  • Conduct an intensive study on a culture or language, including possible travel for the study.

  • Utilize technology to build a type of computer, an app, or a program.

  • Compare and research methods and approaches dealing with a common problem: speech therapy, health practices, wellness.

  • Study a topic of interest such as aging, a particular career, etc.

  • Learn a skill or master a difficult trade or ability.

All projects must demonstrate a student’s ability to inquire, investigate, work independently, and work collaboratively with mentors; all projects must demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, the abilities to research, communicate, and evaluate.

Download the Capstone Guidelines HERE

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