If you're looking for a portfolio worthy project for social studies, or an easy way to help teach solid research skills, or simply looking for a "hot topic" for a current events course, then you've stumbled across the right product.
The is a single document that you can hand directly to students and guide them from start to finish towards creating a high-quality research paper. It should cover about 16 hour-long periods, with some outside time put in by students.
The document includes strategies for collaboration as well as several research-based reading strategies that you can use for all types of classrooms and content. There are 16 leveled texts that surround the issue of privacy and security in the United States that range from a brief history of the Internet for kids to an article on the history of privacy from the New Yorker magazine. In addition there are models for cover and works cited pages, as well as several tips for citations within the research paper. There is also a rubric adapted from the New York State Consortium rubric for social studies. All in one document!
I cannot stress how simple this will be for you and how amazed you will be with the results--this is a course reader and packet that you as an educator will be proud of but easy enough that you as a human being with limited time can be happy with.
NOTE #1: There is a FREE additional download with the readings that are not included in this paid download. (They were from in-classroom textbooks.)
NOTE #2: If you leave some positive feedback and an email address, I'll send several bonus assignments, models and presentations that will make this unit really shine.