Research Paper

You will electronically submit a six paragraph research essay to me on a current issue to be determined in class.  You must take a side on your controversial issue and provide three reasons why this side is valid.  This essay, outline, research folder, and Works Cited page  will be must be electronically submitted by  11.59 p.m. Tuesday, November 29th.  All but the research folder will be submitted via Google Docs, and the research folder will be emailed to me  from EBSCOhost.

Each paragraph must have a minimum of five sentences.

You must use at least three sources with at least two from EBSCOhost.

Your paper must be in MLA format with a Works Cited page.

We will be following this schedule for the next two weeks (more details can be found on other posts):

Wednesday, November 9th:  Discuss MLA format and EBSCOhost.  Create EBSCOhost account.  Draw topic;  begin research.

Thursday, November 10th:  Create outline following provided instructions (see post).

Monday, November 14:  Write paragraph two (subtopic one).  The paragraph should begin with a topic sentence in your own words, stating your exact point.  The paragraph should end with a concluding sentence in your own words.  Each paragraph should include at least one source, and the source should be properly cited.

Tuesday, November 15:  Write paragraph three (subtopic two).  The paragraph should begin with a topic sentence in your own words, stating your exact point.  The paragraph should end with a concluding sentence in your own words.  Each paragraph should include at least one source, and the source should be properly cited.

Wednesday, November 16:  Write paragraph four (subtopic three).  The paragraph should begin with a topic sentence in your own words, stating your exact point.  The paragraph should end with a concluding sentence in your own words.  Each paragraph should include at least one source, and the source should be properly cited.

Thursday, November 17: Write paragraph five about the main argument of the other side of the issue. In one sentence, tell what it is.  Spend the rest of the paragraph showing how this is not a valid point or not true.  You may use ideas previously mentioned in your essay.

Monday, November 28: Write your introduction.  Your introduction should start with an interesting question, fact, or story:  something to “hook” your reader.  End your introduction with your THESIS STATEMENT.

Write your conclusion.  Your conclusion should begin with your THESIS statement, and then have sentences summarizing your points, ending with a call to action to your reader.  Be sure not to use “you” or write in commands.

Tuesday, November 29:  Complete your Works Cited page; edit entire essay for GPS (Grammar, punctuation, and spelling).

Share your complete document with a peer.  The peer should leave comments on your paper.  When finished, revise paper, and share with me at the address provided on the board.

 

MLA Format

MLA format means that you are going to do the following in your essay:

  1.   Evenly double space with no extra spacing anywhere.
  2.   Select Times New Roman 12 as your font style and size.
  3.   Include a proper HEADER.
  4.   Include a proper HEADING.
  5.   Include proper citations (see Citations page on blog).
  6.   Include a proper Works Cited page (Edublogs or the Google Doc link may not show correct format for this. Please use the paper copy provided to you in class).

You may check out a grammar book at any time for a reference.

EBSCOhost – Research Database

Our high school, along with thousands of colleges nationwide, is using EBSCOhost for our research needs.  Please note that you can only use this while at school, as our school pays a subscription for access.

Please click here to enter EBSCOhost.

Click on EBSCOhost > Explora-High School > Current Issues > More.

Click on the user icon (the person icon on the top right). Create an account using a username and password that are familiar to you.  Write it down in your notebook.

Click on your issue.

Click on articles that you think may support your view.  If you believe you may use this article, click on the + tab beside the article title to add to your folder.

You will be turning in your electronic folder to me at the end of the unit.

We will not be printing our sources but storing them online instead.

 

 

Choose Your Candidate!

On your own paper, create an outline for an essay endorsing one candidate for the presidential election based on this article.  The outline should look like this:

I. Introduction (literally the word Introduction) – Name of the candidate you endorse.

II.  (Reason one you are for your candidate.)

Quote from the article that shows this, word for word, using quotation marks.

(Skip two lines)

III.  (Reason two you are for your candidate.)

Quote from the article that shows this, word for word, using quotation marks.

(Skip two lines)

IV. (Reason three you are for your candidate.)

Quote from the article that shows this, word for word, using quotation marks.

(Skip two lines)

V. Conclusion (literally the word Conclusion)

Integrating Sources MLA Style

Hey everybody!

We are nearly ready to begin our mini research paper! Before we do so, we need to spend some time talking about how to integrate sources into your essays.

Why do we need citations? It’s simple:

  1.  To provide more information about a subject your reader might be interested in.
  2.  To provide evidence for the point that you are making.
  3.  To provide credit where credit is due.
  4.  To avoid plagiarism and a subsequent zero on the assignment, being kicked out of your university, or possible lawsuit!

How do you work this into your paper?   The University of Illinois has this to say about it.  You might want to check out what Harvard has to say on this matter if you need more information. To summarize, basically you need to follow the RACE method pictured below. In a typical paragraph, this means:

  1. Topic sentence (what is this ENTIRE paragraph about?)
  2. A detail sentence
  3. A quote or paraphrase from a source (evidence)
  4. An explanation of provided evidence
  5. A concluding sentence referring back to sentence #1

Let’s take a closer look at Step #3 (a quote or paraphrase from a  source).  At the end of this quote or paraphrase, you need a citation. The citation is in parentheses  and is ALWAYS either the author’s last name or (if you have no author) the article name in quotation marks. Examples:

Blah, blah, blah (Smith).

OR

Blah, blah, blah (“The Article Title”).

Notice on both of these, the period goes AFTER the parentheses, not before.

NOTE:  There should be a Works Cited entry for every citation, and for every Works Cited entry, there should be at least one citation in the paper. 

Make sure your paraphrased or quoted information flows smoothly with the rest of your paragraph. 

As you work on integrating your source material, keep in mind the following:

• Do not use two quotations in a row without intervening (explanatory) material of your own.

• Introduce a quote either by indicating what it is intended to show or by naming its source, or both.

• Avoid referring to your sources as quotes. Don’t write, “In this quote,” but instead something like “As Smith points out.” Never use the author’s first name, and never refer to the assignment or any part of the assignment, your teacher’s name,  “You”, “I”, or “We” or any forms of these.
(http://library.rpcc.edu)

Use the R.A.C.E. method:

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“RACE Writing Response (Freebie on a Snow Day!)”.  Middle of Lit.  02. Feb. 2015. Web. 03 Nov. 2016.

For practice, do the following:

1. On your own paper, write a paragraph summary or paraphrase of the first paragraph of this article,answering the question “Why do we need to integrate sources into our papers?”. Use one quote in the middle of your paragraph.

2.  On your own paper, write a paragraph summary or paraphrase of the first four paragraphs of this article.  Use one quote in the middle of your paragraph.

3. (Monday) On your own paper, create an outline for an essay endorsing one candidate for the presidential election based on this article.  The outline should look like this:

I. Introduction (literally the word Introduction)

II.  (Reason one you are for your candidate.)

Quote from the article that shows this, word for word, using quotation marks.

(Skip two lines)

III.  (Reason two you are for your candidate.)

Quote from the article that shows this, word for word, using quotation marks.

(Skip two lines)

IV. (Reason three you are for your candidate.)

Quote from the article that shows this, word for word, using quotation marks.

(Skip two lines)

V. Conclusion (literally the word Conclusion)