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9 HONORS RESEARCH  PAPER

 

 
 

The Research Paper

 

In high school you are expected to develop a strong foundation for research-driven writingThe research paper will be the best evidence of your understanding of this process.  You will prepare a research paper on a controversial topic that follows established guidelines for both content (TLQ) and formatting (MLA). 

Panic, right?  Well, not so much.  The ninth grade paper is completed as a process. This process reoccurs over time and requires reflection, feedback, and revision.  It is a process that mostly takes place within the classroom and within peer groups. MOSTLY.  Not exclusively.  (Okay, now you can panic a little.)

We will dedicate time in class to choose and develop a topic and thesis statement.  During this time we will learn how to document your sources within the text and in a Works Cited page.  We will then dedicate class periods to develop drafts and work as a team.  Most of the real work, however, the solitary craft of writing and revision, will be assigned as homework.  As long as you complete these assignments and follow the schedule, the entire term paper process will be, if not easier, at least much less problematic. 

 IN-CLASS PARTICIPATION AND COMPLETION OF HOMEWORK IS CRITICAL for this unit.

 

Requirements

-Paper Guidelines

-Controversial Topics (9 H)

-Plagiarism

-Oath of Academic Honesty

-Supply List

 

Basics

-What is a Research Paper?

-Outline Multi-Paragraph Essay

-Terminology

 

Research

-Types of Sources

-Methods of Research

-Search Engines and Directories

-List of Search and Metasearch

    Engines

-"The Invisible Web"

-Online Libraries

-Magazines and Journals Online

-Evaluating Your Sources

 

Pre-Writing

-Topic Worksheet

-Developing the Thesis Statement

-Stage 5 Thesis Worksheet

-Why and How to Create an

   Outline

-Sample Outlines

-More Samples

- Thesis Worksheet/Examples

-Aligning the Thesis Statement to

   the Topic Sentences.

- Research Paper Say/Mean/Matter

    Example Russell Simmons/Rap

- Say/Mean/Matter Form

 

Introduction/Conclusion  

  Paragraphs

 -What is an Introduction?

-Sample Introductions

-Aligning Introduction to the

     Conclusion - Ms. G's Absolute

     Taco

-Conclusions

-Sample Conclusions

-Sample Aligned Intro/Conclusions

 

 Body Paragraphs

-Elements of the Body Paragraph

- Topic Sentence Worksheet

     Examples

- Forcing Coherency

-Concrete Detail and TLQ

-TLQ Worksheet/Examples

-Transitional Words and Phrases

- What is Commentary?

 

Putting it Together

-Essay Outline Form

-Paragraph-by-Paragraph

    Requirements

 

Modern Language Association

  Mechanics of Your Paper

 -THE BASICS (includes 2009

    upgrades). A comprehensive

    package of MLA formatting.

-Paper Layout With Notes

-Paper Mechnaics

-MLA Template/Type Over

 

In Text Citations

-Using Quotes

-When to Cite

-Quoting/Paraphrasing/Summarizing

-Rules for Recording Your

   Citations

-Table for In-Text Citations

-Priority List for In-Text Citations

 

Works Cited

-Formatting Basics

-Example with Many Resources

-Works Cited Template/Typeover

 

Works Cited Resources

-The Owl at Purdue - Basics

-Citation Maker (The Oregon School library Information System)

-Son of Citation Maker (The Landmark Project)

 

Last Round Stuff

-Final Checklist

 

Edited Sample Papers

A paper

D- paper

A paper  
A- paper F paper
B+ paper F paper
B paper

Syllogistic Logic

B- paper Unedited/Careless

C+ paper

Opinion/Bias
C paper No Commentary
C- paper Syntax Issues

D+ paper

D paper

Incoherent Argument

 

 

 

 

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