Last week students received information about their argumentative research project. The level of excitement was palpable, as students began brainstorming possible topics. Students will partake in the brainstorming, researching, analyzing, and synthesizing of information from a variety of primary and secondary sources. The purpose of this assignment is to allow the grade 8 students to dive deeper into the research process while learning about a topic of interest. This will also give students the opportunity to practice developing their own clear and concise thesis statements.
This research project was intentionally chunked (over a two month time frame) in an effort to be mindful of the upcoming exam period. Each student has a copy of the dates listed below (which can also be found in the Grade 8 Google Calendar).
Today students will be working on choosing a topic and beginning their research notes (separated by sources).
Check out this great graphic organizer that was created by Mr. Kom to organize research notes: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ss01pc5Zmcka9StlEJGiR3LEn2DjbosW1Lj9oouAAso/edit?usp=sharing
Research Project Overview (Process Packet):
Research Writing Rubric (Final Copy):
Sample MLA Works Cited:
Sample MLA Cover Paper: