1203 Research Project: Writing a Paper from Notes
Please type your project under the rubric below.
This project should be completed after the student works up to page 55 in Lifepac Language Arts 12 Unit 3.
Here is your goal for this assignment:
Plan, write, and revise a research paper.
Write a paper using proper research and note-taking techniques (see the lesson Taking Effective Notes).
Choose a topic that is of interest to you. For example, you may write about an issue about which you feel strongly, a period in history that interests you, a culture about which you want to know more, or a career in which you are interested. When conducting your research on your topic:
A minimum of three sources must be used.
The sources must be varied and reliable. Wikipedia is not a reliable source and will not be accepted. Questions to ask about whether or not information is reliable: Is it accurate? Is it written by an authority? It is objective? Is it current? http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/aplus/infosearch.htm “Internet Public Library for Teens” contains good information on how to do research – in a library or online. Other possible sites are http://www.libraryspot.com/ and http://lii.org/. Take notes as you read. Try to write down only key words, not whole sentences (this will help you avoid plagiarism). Remember to record the page numbers while you research so that you can easily insert your parenthetical citations later. If you need to review MLA format and parenthetical citations, take some time to do that now, before you start. Once you have all of your notes, arrange them into main ideas. Using your main ideas, develop a thesis that includes everything that you want to prove in your essay. Develop an outline that includes your thesis statement; main ideas; and facts, examples, or proof for each main idea. If you need help with outlining, you can call the Academy and request tips or simply do some internet searching on outline format....
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