An Investigation Into the Causes of Teen Depression

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

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Budget lightbulb: The causes of increased depression in the modern teens.

What do you want to get out of this project?

I want to find adequate and reasonable solutions to this crisis, or at least an increased understanding of the causes.

where did the skills go? we are taking skills out of the idea generation process, in an attempt to make projects more career-focused. If you want to get leveled-up for a project, share it with the appropriate guide or faculty member for feedback upon completion.

Guiding Question

Turn your idea above into a guiding question.

Check out some resources on how to write a guiding question here.

What causes depression in American teens and what solutions can reduce the likelihood of developing depression?


What will it take for you to complete this project?

Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.

Keep in mind that this project cycle runs six weeks in total, as opposed to the typical four weeks.

Work Product Deliverables

General Source Gathering
April 30, 2021
Link Aspects of Society as Causes
May 7, 2021
General Paper/Presentation Bullets/Formatting
May 14, 2021
First Draft
May 18, 2021
Final Work Product + Notion Page Due
May 21, 2021
Last Day of Project Cycle
May 28, 2021


Use this space to take notes, keep track of your sources, or conversations you have with people about this project.

Research Questions (shout out to Haylin for these amazing research questions!)

What are the different types of it?

How do they differ from each other?

How is it diagnosed?

What are the different treatments?

What are society's views on it?

What is life like with these illnesses?

What are the struggles of these illnesses?

What are the affects on those around them? Like family, friends, partners, etc.

What are the affects in work places or other everyday places?

[11:50 AM] They're a bit vague due to me doing four different ones but it could possibly help!

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Work Product

In-Track Reflection 05/20/2021

Project Rubric

Key knowledge, understanding, and success skills [Idea Generation]
Challenging Guiding Question or Problem
Sustained Inquiry [Exploration]
Authenticity [Production]
Critique & Revision [Feedback]
Product Deliverable [Work Product/Presentation]
Content/Principle(s) Application


Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.

The act of reflecting allows you to highlight the accomplishments and applications of your project. (questions courtesy of Powderhouse Studios)

Was your project meaningful?

Did this project matter? In what ways did it further your knowledge, force you to grow, or provide something useful?

Honestly, this project didn't mean much to me. I understood that the project would help people, but I wasn't actually interested in learning about the material itself. However, it did teach me a lot about using academic journals and papers. I now feel very comfortable finding papers, using their sources, and even citing them in MLA.

Was your project ambitious?

Given what you already know, did this project challenge you in meaningful ways?

The project did challenge me to truly find the answer. There were a lot of easy answers that would've been wrong that I had to choose to avoid.

Was your project deep?

Did your project engage with powerful ideas or tools? Additionally, did you engage with the material in a deep sense (i.e. did you develop ownership over the ideas or tools)? Can you utilize these skills independently now?

I did feel a responsibility to find the answer, but I don't feel like a deep connection to my work. I don't feel like this work is indicative of what I can achieve or my standards of quality. It's more of a mark of shame than anything.


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