Research Paper Unit (30 pages of activities, practice, and resources!)

Research Paper Unit (30 pages of activities, practice, and resources!)
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Ready for a Relevant Research Paper? Give your students the topic of their own future career!

This unit can be used completely on Google Classroom, or in printed form, depending on your needs! The file is in Microsoft Word format so it can be copied and pasted into different lessons and uploaded to Google Classroom as needed. This also means it's editable!


9 Helpful Resources for Students

3 Engaging Activities and Lessons

1 MLA Quiz

1 Final Assessment with rubric


Career Research Paper Directions: use these directions to give students an overview of the unit and explain the goals of what they will learn.

Informative Essay Rubric based on the standard W.9-10.2: use this rubric to assess their final research papers and refer to it throughout the unit.

Writing Process and Vocabulary Handout: Give this resource to students at the beginning of the unit to cover basic concepts like the writing process and common research vernacular.

Directions Dos and Don’ts: Go over how to use a database (this handout covers tips that will work for any database)

Source Collection Page: Use this page electronically for students to gather their research in one place, you can even require students to share it with you, so you can monitor their research. On Google Classroom, push a copy to each student so they can edit it themselves.

2.6 Paragraph lesson and examples: Teach this lesson before students begin drafting. A highlighted version is used so students can visualize the different parts of the paragraph.

Thesis Statement lesson and examples: This thesis statement worksheet is meant for this assignment specifically. Feel free to use whichever thesis statement format you feel comfortable with for the essay you are assigning.

Outline: Informative Writing Organizer: Give students this graphic organizer to outline their ideas before they write their rough draft.

Introduction and Conclusion Examples: Use these examples to show students what great, good, average, and bad introductions and conclusions might look like.

Parenthetical Citations handout and practice sheet with key: Give students this handout when teaching parenthetical citations for MLA format. There is also a practice assignment with answer key.

Writer’s Workshop stations: Print off these directions for Writer’s Workshop stations or display the directions on the board. Students can complete all editing and revising activities in their Google Docs.

MLA Format Quiz: Give this quiz at any point to assess if students comprehend the MLA format requirements.

Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 month
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