Scaffolding Methods for Research Paper Writing

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Rome wasn't built in a day, but researchers can be with proper scaffolding. This writing unit has scholars write a research paper through scaffolding of various parts of the process. Learners begin with identifying a topic and crafting a research question. Then, they complete a literature review

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Instructional Ideas

  • While pupils work on their research papers, consider building in checkpoints to review sections of the Research Paper Scaffold to formatively provide feedback before the final due date
  • Before submitting papers, have writers review a sample research paper collaboratively to express expectations and reflection of their own work
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider having individuals type their Research Paper Scaffold and save it electronically; many students may misplace their scaffolds
  • Perhaps use the Ask Three Then Me strategy for questions about the paper, so you can focus on visiting with all writers instead of fielding questions during the work period
Pros

  • Unit plan contains an optional permission form template for teachers to parents explaining the project, due dates, and expectations
  • Lesson plans affords flexibility according to your class' needs, such as the option of building in a research project day
  • Research paper scaffold streamlines writing process
Cons

  • Resource does not provide a scoring guide for literature review