7th Grade Research Paper 2013-2014 Guidelines for the paper In order to complete this paper successfully without major stress, you need to manage your materials and your time. Each week, we will have specific tasks for you to work on regarding this report. Be aware of due dates and check dates. Begin to research your topic using the UDlib search (link found on my website), various websites, and books. Writing any paper requires you to formulate a thesis. Before creating a thesis, you will need a great research question that you hope to answer. When thinking about your question, keep in mind your audience (me and your classmates) and your purpose. After clearly stating your question, you will begin to research your topic always keeping your question in mind. This will allow you to remain focused. Make sure that there is enough information and sources to support your question. We have discussed objectivity and bias. The purpose of this paper is to inform. It is not persuasive. You should remain unbiased and report objectively. Take notes via note card or through word processing. All of your notes should be labeled by topic and source to ensure that you are organized when you begin to piece together your draft. Once you have established a clear research question and objectivity through research, you can formulate a thesis statement. The thesis statement will be included in your first paragraph and should be a clear, short, declarative statement. It is created from your own critical thinking about what you have discovered. The thesis statement will be the main idea of your paper, and you will prove it to be true through the research you present. _____Friday, January 10th: Narrow topics to a specific question that you hope to answer through your research. Make sure your question is approved. Research Paper Planner Due _____ January 13th, 15th, and 16th: Computer time. Students will come prepared to take notes and research topics. Students should remember to bring in flash drives if they hope to save material. _____Thursday, January 16th: Notes and Sources Check. Students will bring in clearly labeled notes and complete source information for at least 2 sources. Dates must be included on the top of your notes. _____ Wednesday, January 22nd: General Outline Due and Computer Time _____Wednesday, January 29th: Rough Draft due – must be typed and include work cited page _____ Wednesday and Thursday, January 29th – 30th: Peer edit in class _____ Monday, February 3rd: Final Draft due and Presentations Begin We will spend some class time working on these reports, and at any time, students may submit writing for me to look at or ask questions about their writing or the process itself. I am here to support you! We will spend time looking at the works cited page so that you have the knowledge and resources you need.