What is it? The research task is a project that requires you to put your social studies, reading, and writing skills together to produce your very best work of writing on one of four topics. The essay will be five paragraphs long. Why is it important? Being able to conduct research and write about it is one of the MOST IMPORTANT skills for success in HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE! How is the essay structured? Introduction Body Paragraph One Body Paragraph Two Body Paragraph Three Conclusion It’s a formula – simple! Body Paragraphs Political Impact Social Impact Economic Impact …of your topic Think of it as cause and effect. Your event happened, and there were political, social, and economic effects. You will find out what those were and explain them to your reader. THE TOPICS! Jamestown The Boston Tea Party Manifest Destiny Women’s Rights You will learn more about each topic tomorrow! The Logistics You will spent 6-8 weeks on the research task. You will keep everything (hand-outs, research, writing) in a folder that you need to bring with you to literature, language, and social studies. At the end of the research task, you will be graded on a rubric. You will get a copy of this rubric at the end of the week. The best part is, YOU pick the topic that you like best! Review Questions How many paragraphs will you write? What are the body paragraphs about? What are the four topics from which you can choose? How long will you spend on the research task? Review Questions In which classes will you work on the research task? How will your grade on the research task be determined? What do you need to bring with you to every class in which you will work on the research task?