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Learning how to do significant research and apply it to a critical and creative idea about literature is one of the most important skills to teach students who are planning to go on to college and university. With that in mind, this research paper assignment is designed to lead students through their first months-long research writing project.
At its base, it asks students to come up with an analytical thesis about a text they've read. It leads them through topic finding, preliminary research, bibliography (and annotated bibliography) writing, continued research, outlining, drafting, and revising.
This product contains the assignment itself (which includes instructions on all of the listed topics), a full worksheet on how to write a bibliography [See my "Writing an MLA Bibliography (Instructions and Practice)" which is included in its entirety in this product]., and a full worksheet on how to write a sentence outline. If you are looking for an analytical writing rubric, there is one available for free on my store that I use for the research paper.
This is designed to be a simple and clear guide over the entire research process. This is one of my favorite topics to teach, and hopefully this will be helpful to you as you bring the students to find their passion in the research.
Delivered as a zip file. Assignment file is a fully editable Microsoft Word document. Bibliography and Sentence Outline files are pdfs.