Research Paper Syllabus
In the next six weeks you will be researching, drafting, revising and editing your Junior Research Paper. This project will further develop writing skills including: choosing and narrowing a topic, developing a thesis, researching, note-taking, paraphrasing, quoting, summarizing, drafting, revising, editing and using MLA style for documentation.
You must complete this paper and a citation check to pass this 9 weeks of junior English.
Due: Thursday Dec. 20. The paper is must be turned in before we leave for break. Papers turned in after break without a written medical/emergency excuse will receive half credit. If you are leaving early for break, make sure you hand in your paper. Emergency situation? Email your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Points: 500 points final paper - 350 points process
Important Paper Dates:
Working Outline/Research Proposal (15 points) – Due Nov. 15
Source Cards – in MLA form and ÒWorkingÓ Works Cited Page in MLA form
(100 points) – Due Nov. 28
10 note cards (20 points) – Due Nov. 30
10 note cards (20 points) – Due Dec. 3
10 note cards (20 points) – Due Dec. 4
10 note cards (20 points) – Due Dec. 5
10 note cards (20 points) – Due Dec. 5 – all note cards must be complete today!
Thesis Statement (15 points) – Due Dec. 7
Formal Outline (25points) – Due Dec. 7
Introduction & first body paragraph (25 points) – Dec. 12
Rough draft of complete paper (50 points) - Dec.17 at start of class
Citation Checks Dec.17 - 20 in class – bring your sources
Final paper (500 points) – Due Thursday, Dec. 20 by 1:55p.m.
*If you do not complete the research paper you will receive an F for the 9 weeks grading period.
We will all get through this paper together! Relax, have fun and let me know if you have any problems!
Research Paper Learning Targets:
By the end of this unit – I will be able to:
á produce an appropriate research paper that meets established standards of English.
á practice writing as a process involving a number of elements, including:
o Collecting credible, relevant information,
o Taking notes
o Formulating ideas,
o Determining relationships among ideas,
o Arranging paragraphs in an appropriate order,
o Building transitions between paragraphs, and
o Revising and proofreading according to conventions of Standard American English.
á identify, evaluate and cite appropriate sources using the MLA format.
á demonstrate knowledge of basic library procedures.
á avoid plagiarism.
á develop (write) persuasive papers that demonstrate the ability to define a topic, to develop a persuasive/argumentative thesis statement, and to support the thesis with credible facts.
á write a formal paper following the MLA format.
á integrate resource material, using quotations, paraphrase, and summary