Research 2016

Assignment overview here.

How to get the grade you want: view requirements here.

Research Step 1: Three Country Facts

Open Three Country assignment here. Save to your folder as ThreeCountryFacts_YOURNAME_, or drop into Google Drive for online use.

Learn about each country -- where in the world it is; what makes it unique; how it is like/unlike our country or other places you know; which of your interests can be found there.

Notice HOW you use the web to gather information. Do you take the first site in a Google search? Do you notice the source? What do you infer from the URL? What makes you question or trust the accuracy of the information?

When you have at least 10 facts AND the sources they came from, save and print. Turn in.


Research Step 2: Topic and Sources

For access at home, see instructions here.

1. Open Topic-Source assignment here. Save to your folder as TopicSource_YOURNAME_, or drop into Google Drive for online use.

See examples of world problems here.

2. Search Global Issues here:


3. Search Explora under Ebsco on FHS Library Page:


4. Don't Google yet.


5. When you have finished the Topic Source assignment, save, print, and turn in.



Research Step 3: Start eCards

1. Open assignment here. Save to your folder as RPeCards_YOURNAME_, or drop into Google Drive for online use.

2. Continue to use Global Issues and Explora for your first 5 eCards (no Google yet). FOCUS ON "Country Background," since this will be our next assignment. Country Background can be GENERAL (continent, size, types of land, density of population, etc.) but also try to pick elements that are SPECIFICALLY relevant to the problem you are exploring (Problem Background).

3. Your final paper should have the following sections, so this is the information you are looking for. Use the A. and B. outline headings in your "subtopic" column.

     I. Background
          A. Country Background
          B. Problem Background

     II. Problem
          A. Effects
          B. Causes

     III. Solutions
          A. Alternatives
          B. Pros / Cons

     IV. Recommendation
          A. Best approach
          B. Why it is best

Research Step 4: Country Background Paragraph

Open assignment here. Save to your folder as RPCountryBackground_YOURNAME_.doc, or drop into Google Drive for online use.

Introduce us to and interest us in your country!

This paragraph will be the first body paragraph of your actual research paper.

Good sources for country background:
          Global Issues: "Overview" at top of page after searching for country, and "Reference" just below it.
          Explora under Ebsco on FHS Library Page: In Source Types, uncheck "All Results" and check "Reports" and "Encyclopedias".

The Country Background paragraph must include evidence*, but for this exercise does not need to be a full CEAL paragraph.
          *facts from at least two sources required -- use three sources for more credit


Research Step 5: Thesis/Outline

1. Open complete typing template here. Save to your folder as RPFinalPaper_YOURNAME_.doc, or drop into Google Drive for online use.

2. Complete the Thesis and Outline page.

Helpful tips on Thesis here.

Helpful tips on Outline here.

3. Continue taking eCards AND writing body paragraphs.

AS YOU TAKE MORE certain to include them in your eCards AND in your Bibliography!


Research Step 6: Writing Body Paragraphs

1. Continue with your draft in the typing template from Step 4.

2. Assess your eCards to see which sections of the paper you can write.

     I. Background
          A. Country Background      2 to 5 facts
          B. Problem Background      2 to 5 facts

     II. Problem
          A. Effects      2 to 5 facts
          B. Causes      2 to 5 facts

     III. Solutions
          A. Alternatives      2 to 5 facts
          B. Pros / Cons       2 to 5 facts

     IV. Recommendation
          A. Best approach     1 to 3 facts (may reference information given in III above)
          B. Why it is best      1 to 3 facts (may reference information given in III above)

3. Use the CEAL format to draft body paragraphs for as many sections as possible.

4. After you have drafted all the paragraphs you can, gather facts needed for additional paragraphs, ENTER THE FACTS INTO YOUR eCARDS, and draft the new paragraphs.

5. Remember that you are expected have a COMPLETE draft of the BODY of your paper by FRIDAY, May 6! Whatever you have done at that time WILL be collected and assessed!


Research Step 7: Finish eCards

A minimum of 15 eCards are required for this project. Count the number of facts you have for EACH subtopic; if you lack evidence in a key area, conduct further research.

Be sure you have covered the basics as well as the details of your problem and solution.

Depending on subject and length of cards, up to 25 eCards may be needed to answer the research question.


Research Step 8: Write Bibliography and Title Page

1. Open assignment saved previously.

2. Complete the title page, leaving a blank line for word count.

3. Complete works cited (bibliography). This is an alphabetized list of every source from which you have used evidence (direct quote or paraphrase). If you have been careful to enter your sources in MLA format in eCards, the source column serves as a "rough draft" of your works cited. MsB will demonstrate a simple and safe method for converting that rough draft into a final bibliography.


Research Step 9: Finish Body with in-text citations

1. Open assignment saved above.

2. Use "accordion paper" format.

3. Follow protocols for precise citation of facts and quotations borrowed from sources. Helpful tips here.

How to get the grade you want: view requirements here.


Research Step 10: Write Introduction and Conclusion with in-text citations



Research Step 11: Submit final paper

To Be Turned In:
Typed, double-spaced, stapled in this order:
     Title page
     Body with parenthetical documentation for EVERY fact
     Works Cited
Completed self-check evaluation
Completed checklist with teacher initials
Email:  ALL eCards to bowena{a t} sd5 . k12 .m t . u s If you can only submit as a Google Doc, SHARE with EDIT privileges. If that is not possible: print eCards, single-sided, staple and turn in.



Research Skill: Source Evaluation

The Great and Terrible Source Hunt

1. Open assignment here. Save to your folder as RPSourceEval2016_YOURNAME_.doc.

2. Use the "ABCs of Evaluating Evidence" rubric to assess the quality of your sources.