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Considering a research paper assignment for your AP English Language and Composition class? Here’s a resource that details the expectations for such an assignment and includes a handy process checklist. Spreading out the due dates for the various steps permits you to check on student progress and identify those who need extra assistance. It also spreads out your work load.
After reading on the topic of their paper, high schoolers work in pairs to assess how to write powerful, precise thesis statements. The introduction contains three statements: a universal statement, a bridge statement, and a thesis statement. The lesson is designed for research projects, but it could translate well to any essay that involves stating a claim or argument.
Students listen as the teacher explains the steps to writing a research paper. They list subjects they are interested in. Students practice narrowing a topic. They write a general idea and create a word web to assist the narrowing of the general topics. Students select a topic to build into a research paper.
Students make inferences about what activities occur at different places in school. They form a hypothesis as to how space is used. They simulate how archeaologists explore past people by designing and conducting a research project.
For this research skills worksheet, students read the questions about bananas and research to answer the 10 multiple choice questions.
Students use the internet to research Ancient Mesopotamia and create a billboard with relevant information. In this Ancient Mesopotamia Research Project, students are assigned a specific topic by the teacher. Students then take notes and aim at receiving a 90 or higher on the project in order to obtain a prestigious 'Boardie' award. Students then present the project to the class.
Get your class to use the scientific process to solve a scientific problem. They utilize the Natural Inquirer magazine to identify a research question which they write an introduction to and collect data to answer. They use graphs, photographs or charts to simulate their data while they create a Natural Inquirer style article. Note: This lesson could be used with any magazine.
How do you choose a research topic? This helpful graphic organizer is provided to aid middle and high schoolers in organizing their initial thoughts and choosing a topic. They have to narrow their topic by culture, time frame, event, etc., and brainstorm sources they can look at first.
Designed for teachers, this resource identifies problems learners face when attempting a research project and approaches instructors can use to help their class members overcome these obstacles. Suggestions are included for how to help researchers narrow the focus of their search, make sense of data found, and craft rational, organized arguments. Instructors are encouraged to offer their own writings as models.
Eighth graders create an in-depth research report on a state. They conduct Internet research, write a comparison essay about New York State and their assigned state, create a 3-dimensional map, and develop a Powerpoint presentation.
Twelfth graders identify the difference between a primary and a secondary source, and use writing as a tool for learning and research. They compile information from primary and secondary sources using available technology.
Learners analyze Public Art in preparation for college discussion, research, and writing, and create their own artistic creations. In this art and college prep lesson, students develop an original research question to explore an art topic and complete key word searches online. Learners create their own blog and piece of art work based on their studies.
After a study of the different parts of a research paper (e.g. intro, main ideas, body, conclusion, etc.), class members employ Internet research to correctly format their papers. They then review their peers' working using the 6+1 writing rubric. A link to "Learning Microsoft Word" is provided for those who may need training in how to use the program.
Eighth graders research a project of their choice in relation to a career they may want. For this language arts lesson, 8th graders create a bibliography of references used both print and online sources. Students make an outline of their project and continue working on their project after which share what they have with the rest of the class.
What do Pearl S. Buck, Stonewall Jackson, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. have in common? Why, they are all famous West Virginians, of course. Researchers visit the Famous West Virginians website and select an individual to use as the focus of an extended project. Although specifically designed for West Virginia, the research procedures and concepts could be applied to any state.
In this teen health topics research project worksheet, learners choose a health topic, use the website links for research, and answer 11 short answer questions about that disease.
For this reference and research skills worksheet, students test their knowledge of research skills as they respond to 10 multiple choice questions.
In this research skills instructional activity, students match web address extensions with the country represented by researching on the Internet.
For this research skills worksheet, students search the Internet to find answers to questions about derby, UK.
Develop your students' research skills by using this primary source analysis lesson. They will view selected images and documents from the Library of Congress and analyze them in order to improve their research skills. Digital links and file resources are included.