This is a thorough, 19-page research unit that requires students to investigate a trend or development in some aspect of American business. This open-ended research project contains the following materials: a 2-page overview of the research project, including the writing prompt, areas of American industry to consider investigating, and a thorough checklist of student deadlines within the writing process; a 1-page handout for guided note-taking and practice with paraphrasing, direct quotations, and accurate parenthetical citations; a 1-page activity for students to revise an inaccurate Works Cited page using MLA style; a 1-page model of a student proposal for the research project, investigating the effect of illegal downloading on the Recording Industry Association of America; a 4-page model of a student research outline, investigating the impact of Salmonella on the peanut industry; a 7-page model of a student research paper, investigating the decline of the sheep industry in America; a 2-page peer evaluation form for in-class student assessment of first drafts; and a 1-page teacher evaluation form for summative assessment of the final draft. SEE THE FREE DOWNLOAD OF ONE PAGE FROM THE ACTUAL STUDENT MODEL PAPER. Check out my other materials for grammar and mechanics, literary units, and writing instruction. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance either before or after purchasing a product; I'll be happy to help where I can.