Research Paper Unit

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A position paper is a type of research paper that is heavily researched and that supports a particular stand on a divisive issue. Argumentative and persuasive writing is important, but it must be backed up by credible facts. Completing research and forming well-thought opinions on a complicated issue is a very beneficial experience for high school students. However, it is challenging.

I have extensively studied and refined this unit over the past few years and it has everything you could possibly need to successfully teach it! This 3-4 week unit explains to students the purpose of writing a position paper, plus includes the following components:

- Unit Plan

- Graphic Organizers

- Research sheets and tips

- Writing lessons, including using transitions and writing thesis statements

- Giant list of approved topics

- Rubric

- Sample Outline

It also includes ALL of the resources that come in my Writing & Research Bundle:

Source Integration Lesson

Paraphrase, Summary & Direct Quotes Lesson

Introduction Paragraph & Thesis Statement PowerPoint

MLA In-text Citations PowerPoint

Research Source Sheet

Transitions slide (not sold individually!)

This unit includes SO many resources to customize according to your pacing and student needs. I use this unit in 10th grade, but it could be adapted for any grade in high school. This resource is not designed for use in AP classes. All files included in this resource are available in both PDF and Microsoft Office (PowerPoint and Word).

Check out my other writing resources:

Introduction Paragraph & Thesis Statement Powerpoint

MLA In-text Citations Powerpoint

Propaganda Media Study

Writing & Research Bundle

Source Integration Lesson

Paraphrase, Summary, and Direct Quotes Lesson

Plagiarism & Acceptable Use Lesson – Jr. High

Plagiarism & Acceptable Use Lesson – Sr. High

MLA Formatting & Works Cited Quiz

MLA In-text Citations “Credible Hulk” Posters

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Total Pages
83 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 month
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