Starting Your Research Paper

Today we will begin discussing your research paper assignment….dun dun dun!  The requirements are as follows:

Research Paper                                                        

English III

Topic:

Decide on an American author you admire, respect, and want to learn more about.  If you have other ideas about who/what you want to write about, you should have already cleared this with me.

(You can also research an accredited director or an event in US History.  By accredited, I mean there will be plenty of credible sources available for you to use for research.)

 

Length:

4-5 pages, 4 is the minimum, must be typed, double spaced, and in 12 size font

Source requirement is at least five Internet sources, one quote from an “interview,” and a picture/graphic.  (The only thing that isn’t the same as a GP research paper is a print source.  Try to use a print source, just to give yourself practice.)

 

  • At least two pages about the life of the author. ( discuss their style)
  • A couple of pages about the impact of the author’s writing, your favorite pieces, etc.  (That would work for a director, too.) For an event, you discuss the effects of the event, the impact.  This could also work well for a historical figure.  Paper just cannot be all biographical.
  • Analysis means you analyze, dig deeper, not just summarize or tell me why you like them.
  • Your works cited page does not count as a page in your research paper.  You thought you were slick, didn’t ya?

 

As you begin your notes, make a list of questions you would like for your paper to answer.  Then list below website links.  After you finish, begin taking notes, and color code your notes, so that you can see if you are blending. Make each website’s information a different color.

 

Due Dates:

 

Notes:  at least three to four pages of notes.  Remember, the goal of this assignment is to practice blending sources and writing a strong research paper.  Take notes from multiple sources that you can blend together.  Due, Monday, December 2nd.

Thesis: Due, Monday, December 2nd.  (One statement that encompasses all of your research)

Outline: Due Monday, December 2nd.  ( a  list of what you will cover in your paper)

Works Cited page: Due Tuesday, December 3rd (use http://www.easybib.com)

Rough Draft: Due Friday, December 6th.  (Complete draft of paper is due.  You will have a chance to revise, but not to add back points that were taken off because of missing components.  Must have the number of pages required, sources required, picture, quote, etc.)

Final Draft: Due Friday, December 13th.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s