Research Paper Information Overview The research paper is a way to assist students in learning how to find information on important people, places, or events. In addition, the students will learn how to organize information and they will work on personal responsibility, too. This project will be completed at home with some help at school. Therefore, they will need to remember to bring all materials to school and back home again. This will be the only main project for the nine weeks. Dates Topic assigned – Jan. 14 (Tuesday) Parent Informational Meeting – Jan. 15 (Wednesday) @ 3:15 in Ms. Harris’ room Note card check (3) (For each check they will need a set of 4 note cards and at least 1 bibliography card- each check will be a Language classwork grade) Jan. 22 – first set of cards Jan. 29 – second set of cards Feb. 5 – third set of cards Outline Check – Feb. 12 (Language quiz grade) Rough Draft- Feb. 27 (Language classwork grade) This is the 5 paragraph paper. Please have it handwritten on notebook paper. No cover sheet is required for the rough draft. Final - Mar. 12 (2 test grades – one in Language and one in History) This paper should be typed, double spaced with font no larger than 12. The final project will include a cover page, outline, paper, and bibliography page in that order- all typed. Presentations- Mar. 13-14 (This will count as part of the final test grades) The presentation should be about 2- 3min in length. Also, the student will need to either dress-up or decorate a tri-fold board. We will assign the student a day they will be presenting and let you know which day it will be. *** Don’t forget our goal is to introduce and prepare them for the research paper in 5th grade and middle school. So don’t stress, we are not expecting a masterpiece. If you have any questions or can’t find enough research for the topic, please tell your teacher. We are here to help in this process. **** Research- Famous Georgians 1. Jimmy Carter 18. Robert Woodruff - Zoey 2. Juliette Gordon Low - Sophie 17. Zell Miller 3. Jackie Robinson - Tim 18. Joel Chandler Harris 4. Martin Luther King - Caden 19. Sydney Lanier - Alyssa 5. Eleanor Roosevelt - Scarlett 20. Crawford Long 6. James Oglethorpe 21. Ivan Allen 7. Hank Aaron - Casey 22. Ralph Abernathy 8. John Pemberton 23. Herman Talmadge 9. Phil Niekro 24. Andrew Young - Jasmine 10. Vince Dooley – Christian M. 25. Asa Candler - Alexis 11. George Whitefield - Bryce 26. Truett Cathy - Chase 12. William T Sherman - Trevor 27. W.E.B. Dubois 13. Margaret Mitchell - Hailey 28. Bobby Dodd - Miles 14. Button Gwinnett 30. Franklin D. Roosevelt 16. Coretta Scott King - Reagan 31. Larry Munson - Andrew 17. Alonzo Herndon Research Paper Information Student Name___________________________________ Research Topic__________________________________ * Students will need a research paper folder. The folder should have a place to keep notecards. This particular type of folder is sometimes hard to find at this time of year, so I have already purchased several of the folders. (I have enough for the entire class.) If you would like to send in $3, I will give your child one of those. I have assorted colors and it’s first-come, first-serve for the color choice. You may also be able to find the folder at Wal-Mart, Staples, or Office Depot. Please try to have the folder by Jan. 21st so we can begin putting our research information in them. Thanks! * This folder should be well-cared for and should be brought to school everyday. * Please feel free to contact your teacher if you have any questions about the research paper. Please detach this page and sign below indicating that you have read the information attached. Please return to your teacher as soon as possible. Parent signature ______________________________________ Sample Outline Famous Person’s Name I. Introduction (5 sentence intro. on the person) A. Early life B. Career/achievements C. Impact/importance to Georgia II. Early life A. Birth (when/where) B. Family life (brothers, sisters, etc) C. Education III. Career/ Important events A. Job B. Marriage -Important events that happen. C. Is the person still alive? Date of death IV. Importance or impact on Georgia A. Achievements/ awards B. Why is the person famous/ important to Georgia? V. Conclusion Example: Martha Berry I. Introduction A. Lived October 7, 1866 – February 27, 1942 B. Founder of Berry College C. Greatly influenced educational system in Georgia II. Early life A. Born October 7, 1866 in Alabama B. Parents – Frances Margaret Rhea and Thomas Berry C. Lived with five sisters, two brothers, and three Berry cousins D. Had governess and tutors E. Attended Edgeworth School for less than a year F. No other formal education III. Career/ Important events A. Taught neighbor children B. Established Mount Berry School for Boys and Martha Berry School for Girls C. Later started Berry Junior College D. Never married E. Died February 27, 1942 and buried near Berry College Chapel IV. Impact on Georgia A. Awarded honorary doctorates by eight colleges and universities B. Received honors from Georgia General Assembly, Roosevelt Memorial Association, Pictorial Review, the Colonial Dames of America, Variety Clubs of America, American Institute of Social Sciences C. Appointed to initial Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia D. Designated by Good Housekeeping as one of America’s twelve greatest women E. Influential in growth of educational system in Georgia V. Conclusion A. Educator B. Honored for contribution to education C. Motto – “Not to be ministered unto but to minister” Bibliography Each student will need at least 3 different sources for their paper – encyclopedia, online encyclopedia, book, magazine, newspaper. You might not be able to find a book for certain people or places. If you can only find Internet articles, just let your teacher know. One more thing, Wikipedia is not a good research site because some information is opinion and not validated facts. Do not use Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, or other sites such as these. You can find many research sites under the ELCA Library page. Once they have found their sources, students will need to write a bibliography card in order to give credit to the original writer. There is a page attached with the correct format for each different source or you can go to www.citationmachine.net. This site will put the information in the right order for you. Here are some directions on how to use it. 1. On the left hand panel, click MLA. 2. 2. Choose your source: book, internet article, etc. 3. Then fill in the boxes with all of the information. If you don’t fill in every box, that is okay. 4. Finally, click submit and the site will put your information into the proper format. 5. Write it correctly on your bibliography card and then simply copy and paste into a Word document for your Bibliography page.