Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay

Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
Group Research Workshop: Controversial Topic Essay
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This two-week research project uses collaborative activities to learn about source types, explore controversial topics, conduct effective research, and understand essay writing principles. Unlike most research paper units, this workshop uses team building to guide learning and a unique "Job Fair" activity to initiate, develop, and create a long-form formal research paper.

This lesson packet includes the following content:

  • Day by day lesson plans and instructions for the entire two-week unit
  • A "Fake News" PowerPoint presentation that teaches students how to identify source types and source quality
  • A "Writing Research Papers" PowerPoint presentation that will take students through the process of writing their group's research paper
  • Access to a Google Form and Google Sheet document with directions on how to access and use them to digitally accommodate student research and collaboration
  • A group job fair activity that includes a brainstorming worksheet and posters to display throughout your classroom
  • A personal responsibilities journal worksheet to be completed by students as they complete their learning tasks
  • A 13-slide "Basics of MLA Style" presentation (with examples and resource links)
  • A MLA-styled Word Template to share with students to assist the formal writing process
  • An essay assignment handout that contains: essay requirements, formatting example, research essay writing tips, a peer edit checklist, and rubric that assesses students on 8 ELA Common Core Standards (CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, and CCRA.L.3)
  • An additional standards-based rubric option to provide teacher flexibility


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The Language of Educational Art's Group Research Project is provided as a Microsoft Word Template (the essay writing template file), PowerPoint Show, and print-ready, bookmarked, and adjustable PDF files. Please contact us if different file types or page edits are desired.


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Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
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40 pages; 40 slides
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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