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Harry Potter Research Project
Students work together to complete a research project on Harry Potter. They write a research question and develop a survey to give to their classmates. Using the results, they create a graph and draw conclusions about the data collected.
Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram, Outline, Publish
Research paper writing challenges learners' ability to research, plan, organize, write, and revise. Detailed, step-by-step directions, color-coded models, and a series of templates guide class members through the entire process.
Focus: Writing a Brief Research Paper
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the instructional activity.
Beginner 4: Searching for Evidence for Research Tasks
Having a strong searching skill set can make a research project much easier and much for successful for pupils. Tackle finding evidence with the ideas included here. The ultimate goal is for class members to learn the stepping stones method, which will help them discover new information and probe more deeply into their research topic. The resource is quite detailed and includes articles and sources to print as well as a presentation and a graphic organizer.
Inspiration: Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram>Outline>Publish
Bring research papers into the 21st century using this guide to Inspiration Software. If you don't have the program, take a look at the visuals and step-by-step process, which are helpful for any classroom. Using a pre-made template, learners simply research and fill in various sections to organize their findings for the perfectly structured paper. They keep track of multiple sources, write a thesis statement, take notes, include visuals and hyperlinks, and integrate ideas to form a cohesive final product.
Television Turn-off Research Project (Persuasive Style Report)
Your learners come to class, and you see the signs of TV brain: low motivation, lack of details in explanations, and an inability to put details together coherently. This can be fixed with the plan and ideas available in a turn off the TV research project where students research the troubles with television. Learners develop skills in essay development including outlining, research, and vocabulary. Included are a graphic organizer, outline sheet, articles for reading, and detailed lesson plans. The resource can be adapted for any writing prompt.
Conservation Research Project
Eighth graders complete a research project over a number of weeks that investigates the decline of a species, land/water use issues, shared environments, and how local habitat issues have an global impact. They look at various sides to solutions for environmental issues. Finally, they propose solutions to a land or water misuse example.
Hamlet Research Paper: Find, Evaluate, and Select Appropriate Research Sources
Help young researchers find credible sources online. Modeling with a Google search for information about Shakespeare’s Macbeth, use a computer projector or Smart Board to show class members how weak the top three search results are. Direct instruction then covers better resources that can be used to begin a research paper. Very technology-driven, the instructional activity requires computers for every student, as well as subscription databases most likely found in a library.
Research Paper Structure
Fifth and sixth graders identify the structure of a research paper. They practice forming guided questions and use sources to find answers. In addition, they cite their sources on a graphic organizer. Practicing these skills and this organization will surely transfer to middle school!
Endangered Species Project: Revising the Research Paper
Prepare pupils to submit their research paper on species extinction. A straightforward instructional activity that details the standards of revision that they must execute. The instructional activity moves through common first and final draft revision standards. Emphasis is placed upon the peer-review process, footnoting, and elimination of “wimpy language.”
International Research Project and Feast
Students research countries around the world. They develop and write a research paper that includes maps, photographs, and diagrams. They describe the culture, society, economy, religious beliefs, government structure, and history of their chosen country. Students create a costume that resembles the traditional dress and prepare a food dish that is typical of the country they research.
Your English Mentor: How to Write a Career Research Paper
How do you write a career research paper? First, middle schoolers choose a career they want to research. They then gather information, develop a thesis statement, and cite sources MLA style. They are asked to explain their career paper to their parent and friends before submitting it for a final grade. What can they learn about their career choice?
Writing a Technical Research Paper
Synthesizing and analyzing information is an important skill for future adults to practice. With field trip Earth, they should choose a topic that interests them (or you could provide sample topics), obtain background information, and write a research paper. There's a list of components needed in the paper, but create a comprehensive rubric so learners can easily access the information.
Writing a Research Paper
Students work through the steps of writing a research paper in this lesson. They define their problem and decide what sources of information to use. They read, take notes, and organize the collected data. Finally, they write the information in a research paper form.
All About Me-I'm My Own Research Project
Third graders see how to do a research project. They understnad how to categorize information about themselves and relate it to information on sea animals for a future research project. This lesson fits in nicely with any unit on animals.
Polar Scientists: Polar Science
Research skills are extremely important and they can be linked to any subject. Get your class thinking about scientists that study the polar region, what they do, and how they get funded to continue their research. Each child uses a worksheet and the Internet to research five to ten different polar scientists. After a week's time, the class engages in a full discussion on what they have learned about polar science, scientists, and the research process.
Intermediate 3: Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning lesson and practice with operators, special symbols or words that affect search results, recognized by Google. Through the exercises and presentation, pupils experiment with narrowing their search by time, language, document type, specific words or site, and more. This is a highly detailed plan that would enrich preparations for a research project.
Intermediate 4: Searching for Evidence for Research Tasks
Online resources take many forms: blogs, search engines, news websites, documents, wikis. In order to conduct effective research, pupils should become familiar with different formats so that they can more easily choose suitable sites for their information. This resource includes a useful handout and describes a categorizing activity for small groups. To make the lesson more meaningful, teach it during a research project and ask class members to relate their searching to their projects.
Analytical Research Projects
High school writers will benefit from learning the basic elements of analytical and argumentative research before completing their first research project. If you're looking to provide more guidance to your learners, pause at certain slides (6,7,9) and have pupils apply the information on those slides to their personal topic.
The Great Gatsby Historical Background Using Multi-Genre Research Project
Before beginning F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, create a historical context of the Roaring 20s with this lesson. Set up a gallery walk with the provided PowerPoint, which features 10 topics related to the 1920s. Then begin a multi-genre research project (from Tom Romero's Writing With Passion), which asks writers to include in their project poetry, drama, interviews, letters, articles, or any other genre of writing.