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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 lesson.
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 lesson plan requires computers for every student, as well as subscription databases most likely found in a library.
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!
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. 
Pupils 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.
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? 
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.
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.
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.
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning instructional activity 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.
Prepare pupils to submit their research paper on species extinction.  A straightforward lesson that details the standards of revision that they must execute. The lesson moves through common first and final draft revision standards. Emphasis is placed upon the peer-review process, footnoting, and elimination of “wimpy language.”     
Although unlikely in today's English classroom, this lesson focuses on introducing research papers to seniors in high school. It briefly reviews the parts of an essay, and mentions showing learners example essays, but no examples are included. 
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
Eighth graders explore reference materials and then complete a research project.  In this research project lesson, 8th graders choose the best reference source to use. Students learn to correctly site sources for their project. Students add their research information to a class wiki.
Students learn the characteristics of arachnids by researching the arachnid of their choice and producing a 4 to 5 paragraph research paper.
Young historians interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources in this American Revolution lesson. They select topics from the time era that they are interested in researching. Additionally, they follow the provided directives to conduct research and write research papers on their topics.