This homework askes the students to write a research paper on a topic around the Spring Festival. Example topics are: Interpersonal relationships, business opportunities, customer behaviors, comparative studies between China and Western countries, Changes of the ways people celebrate the festival, etc. In the report, students must answer a question around the topic, and the answer has to be sustained by evidence, like data, interview or existing reports.
This homework is aimed to improve the academic writing skills of the students, which include literature reviewing, question formatting, data collecting, data analyzing, etc. This kind of practice is crucial for students to understand the structure of an academic research paper, the use of evidence and the methods of critical analysis. These skills are important for SAT reading and writing, as well as for preparing students for college academic life.