Research paper unit from start to finish using APA!
Research is my least favorite unit to teach. It is cumbersome, multifaceted, and exhausting because students have such a difficult time grasping the concepts at first. Therefore, I constructed this unit for those of us who need an easier, more comprehensive way to teach the research paper without pulling our hair out. This unit teaches the basics of writing a research paper for beginners. In this unit students learn how to . . .
Collect useful information
Understand the difference among quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
Incorporate quotes, paraphrases, and summaries
Write a thesis statement
Cite correctly using APA format
Write introduction, body, and conclusion
Create a References page using APA format
This unit tackles the topic of multitasking. I have selected websites to use so that teachers can limit sources in order to better check for plagiarism and make sure the References and documentation are correct without having to look up a million different sites chosen by students. Some of the sites support multitasking while others do not, but students choose those relevant to one of the five topic choices given in the lesson. If you do not want students to write on multitasking, you can still use the process of this unit. You just won’t need 6 of the included pages, but you can use everything else. This unit does not teach how to do long quotations or how to cite multiple works by the same author because those topics do not come up in this beginner’s research paper. A student outline is not used in this unit because the beginning paper is short, and this process makes it so easy that an outline is not needed. Also, an abstract is not needed for this short beginner paper. Of course, you may add those details if you wish.
In addition, there is an exercise for students to prove they have read and understood your feedback on the paper. Oftentimes, students do not read feedback if they are happy with their grade (I have had plenty of students tell me that), but teachers spend a lot of time writing comments and correcting errors. Thus, the final activity in the packet holds students accountable for reading and understanding your feedback.
This research unit provides day-by-day lesson plans. The pages are packed full! It will take approximately 2 and ½ weeks of 90 minute block classes. It may take more or less time depending on your school’s schedule and level of students in your classes.
There are a variety of activities included in this unit such as individual and group work, a competition, scaffolding exercises, etc. Answer keys are included for activities along with a student research checklist and final research paper grading rubric. An editable PowerPoint is included that contains the list of website sources so that you can put those on your webpage in clickable format, the Research Checklist and Research Process in case you want to add to them, the Research Rubric if you want to change how it is graded, and the feedback assessment sheet.
Enjoy this unit, which makes research MUCH SIMPLER for students and teachers!!!