If you’ve ever spent hours trying to assemble all the components of a research paper—the requirements, the rubrics, etc.—then you know how exhausting it can be. Why not save yourself some time and consider the Research Essay Kit?
The research paper is the cornerstone of the high-school ELA classroom. Yet, too many teachers go “soft” on it because of the work required on the instructor’s part—on both the front and back ends of the project. This kit is designed to help the teacher who wants to be “more” but just isn’t sure “how” to push forward. After seeing everything that’s included, you’ll probably say to yourself, “Wow. This is the best $50 I could ever spend.”
I absolutely recommend pairing this package with the Integrating Citations Kit (also available for purchase—and also an utter game-changer). If you obtain both, I’m convinced that teaching the research paper can become a joy instead of a burden.
Here are the items included with this kit:
-4-Q Research Paper Large Overview (.doc). This is the assignment. It give the requirements, checkpoints, deadlines, how to format papers, smaller checklists, how the papers will be saved and moved to a flash drive, etc., etc., etc. (It’s 11 pages long, so you know it’s thorough. It even is structured in such a way that it “defeats” the “My IEP says I get an extra day” refrain that is, at times, used as an excuse for laziness.)
-4-Q Research Paper Rubric (.doc). 100 points content. 100 points conventions. (This rubric, alone, is absolutely worth the price of the kit. It was the “brainchild” of 3 years of work between my co-teacher and me.)
-Correction Code (.doc). If you want to cut down your grading time, start using a key to give feedback on the essays. (This, too, is probably worth the price of the kit.)
-Big List of Research Paper Ideas (PDF). This contains a bunch of different potential topics. (I merged together a bunch of internet search results into one document to give to the students.)
-Research Paper Calendar (PDF). This is a “vertical representation” of the due dates for each part of the project. This is EXTREMELY valuable to help you see how much time you should devote to each part of the project. (The dates are also listed in the paper overview, but this is a good supplement and easier to read—especially for students.)
-Leo Multi-Paragraph Graphic Organizer (PDF). This is the graphic organizer that all students were required to complete during one of their steps. (All the SPED teachers in the building especially LOVED it.)
-Newest Citation Machine Directions (PDF). We encouraged our students to use the Son of Citation machine to create their Works Cited page entries. This document contains screenshots of the step-by-step process students should follow when using the website.
-Peer Edit – Research Essay (.doc). This is the peer-editing sheet students were required to follow.
-MLA Style Guide (PDF). Taken from the web, this is a simple (four-page) style guide that helps the student see what their papers should look like.