RESEARCH ESSAY ASSIGNMENT End of the Year Activity | Digital Research Project

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This Research Essay Project has students publish their research writing using a real-world medium. Suitable for distance learning and applicable to the AP Language and Composition Synthesis Essay.




This resource is designed to be used as an extension assessment and summative project to an expository research essay, such as the AP Language and Composition RESEARCH SYNTHESIS ESSAY Assignment Handouts, Rubric. Apply real-world media production to this creative and engaging assignment!

This resource begins with an explanation of the purpose of this assignment, as well as a definition of the term "medium," which students will need to understand in order to distribute their research in a real-world context.

The instructions for this assignment are broken down into four steps. In the first step, students will then be given the opportunity to revisit their research essay; I find this process most effective if their essay has already been graded. This enables them to utilize the writing process by editing, revising, and improving their assignment.

Next, students will consider their audience and select a medium to distribute their information. In order to encourage students to create a resource that is inspiring and widely applicable, I prompt them to consider the mediums they most often engage with - would they rather read a paper brochure, or watch a video? Are they more drawn to text, or to audio and visual forms of media? To further encourage students, a section of the rubric indicates the requirement to demonstrate effort and appeal in order to score high on this assignment.

Students can create their resources using a digital platform in order to complete this assignment. Canva software, Adobe Photoshop, Google Slides, Piktochart, iMovie, and Microsoft Powerpoint are all great options that can be suggested to students - or let them get creative and research their own tool!

Included with this resource are a 4-level rubric and student exemplar. I recommend grading this exemplar (perhaps as a collaborative activity) in order to highlight the strengths and areas of improvement for this resource, as well as to illustrate your standards of assessment for this assignment.

You might also be interested in Mondays Made Easy's Research Writing Resources.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


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