The first time students hear the words "research paper," they immediately want to run. This packet breaks down performing research and writing the paper in manageable steps that the students will put the students at ease. There is a clear explanation of the assignment and then an outline of the steps involved, along with detailed information on how to complete these steps. Teachers can make copies of the packet for their students and go through all of the information with students prior to and during completion of the paper.
Included in the packet: assignment, steps, rubric, information on where to look for sources, how to cite sources, a contract to keep track of progress, the basic outline format, and common student mistakes.