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You may use this assignment if you attribute the source and include the URL http: Do not expect to get all of our resources off the Internet. Scholarly sources which reside on the Internet and are also in print in a scholarly journal are not considered Internet sources.
Many scholarly journals either do not publish on the Internet or have membership only access to journals online.
I will not accept papers with only Web material as resources unless you convince me there is a valid reason. Research Paper Proposal http: You will submit a research paper proposal. See the due date for your proposal on the course schedule. Attach a copy of the final proposal to the end of the final version of your research paper to be turned in with your portfolio.
Your research paper must be your own work. Your research paper project begins with a fact finding search on some current issue in your major to advance your knowledge. After you brainstorm about possible subjects and then select one, narrow your topic down to a manageable issue.
Investigate possible approaches to your chosen topic and map out your strategy. Your final product will be judged on how well you succeed in producing a well though out, clear paper which shows you can interpret and intelligently discuss the issue and how well you can backup your findings with evidence.
Science and technology rapidly advances; therefore, "old "stuff," other than as background information, can be misleading and lead to wrong conclusions. Encyclopedias should not be your main sources, but can give you good background information and clarify concepts. Your paper does not have a chance to be substantive unless you have substantive sources.
It is a balancing act to find sources that you can understand - that relate to your level of study in your discipline, and, at the same time, challenge you intellectually. In this paper I do not want you to try and solve a problem or necessarily reach a conclusion.
What I am looking for is evidence that you can gather a body of knowledge on a particular subject, narrow it down to a particular focus and show that you can synthesize the information and make some intelligent, insightful observations about the subject.
A significant part of the paper should be your interpretation of the information and how your knowledge about the subject has been enriched. Your paper should contain these parts: Your introductory material should set up your topic for your audience.
Briefly summarize your findings on the subject - If the sources disagree about the value of or perspective on the subject, point out the areas of disagreement. Your introduction should not meander around the point of your paper. It may be more than one paragraph in length, but at some point, very early in the paper you then need to start the substance of the paper.
Your thesis should come at the end of your introductory material. State your thesis in the form of a sentence or two.
It should not be in the form of a question. Your thesis should be a brief statement, in your own words, that points out the major issues about this topic that you discovered in your research.
Use subheadings, where appropriate, to separate different aspects of your paper which support your controlling idea your thesis.
The body of your paper should provide supporting evidence to support your thesis, in a logical, fully developed manner.
For each new topic which supports your overall thesis, provide a topic sentence or two which is, in effect, the thesis for that sub-topic. If you do not use subheadings, you need to provide transition sentences to move your reader from one paragraph to the next.
Your supporting sub-topics should address these issues: How will this knowledge advance science or technology or society - not in broad, abstract ways, but in concrete ways? What is the major impact of these findings?
How will they affect people? What are the benefits to people? Are there any disadvantages? For example, if you are a nursing major, you might summarize findings on various treatment options or recent research findings for a particular medical condition.
A computer science major might address a particular technology breakthrough with its plusses and minuses in application. A writer of a research paper should synthesize the information gained from sources and weave them into a well ordered discourse, using the sources as evidence to support key points.Day 1(*) Unit: Anglo-Saxon/Old English.
1. (*)Print out your grading sheet for the first quarter or use the Excel version. Vocabulary. 1. Keep a vocabulary notebook and/or notecards for terms you will be . Sign-up for electronic homework notification and you will receive an email the day before a homework assignment is due.
Understand your Research Assignment: What kind of a research paper has your instructor assigned? Re-read your assignment sheet and any information in the textbook. For example, I ask my students to choose a technology topic for a Summary, Analysis, and Response essay which asks them to research three or more perspectives on an issue.; Find a Topic Idea: Look over the topic lists below to find.
Free lesson plans covering many subjects for middle school students. When assigning a research paper, teachers need to list step-by-step directions, give students examples of an exemplary paper, create a grade sheet, and allow students to work in class.
This project will be time consuming but worthwhile. Twelve Assignments Every Middle School Student Should Write is a revision and expansion of Gary’s earlier book, Middle School Writing Projects: Ideas for Writing Across the Curriculum.
With this book, Gary has offered a .