Research Paper for Beginners - APA format - Complete unit from start to finish!
The research paper 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
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
Specific Activities Included:
Evaluating Sources Group Activity with Student Instrution Handout and Exit Ticket
✏ Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing . . . Oh My!
✏ Research Brainstorming Sheet (one for multitasking and one for a general topic)
✐ Source Cards Template
✏ List of Sources if you choose the multitasking topic(editable if you want to make changes)
✏ Introduction Paragraph handout with example
✏ Body Paragraph handout with example and highlighting task plus answers
✏ Conclusion Paragraph handout with example
✏ References Made Easy
✏ Incorporating Citing Information task
✏ Citing or Incorrect Citing application task with answers
✏ Reference page example
✏ Writing Topic and Concluding sentence practice
✏ Find the Error (Competition with answer key)
✏ Detailed Research Checklist (editable)
✏ Research Paper Rubric (editable)
✏ Overview of Research Process handout
✏ Feedback Assessment
This unit comes with 2 separate lesson packs.
► One 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 Reference page 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. 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. Of course, you may add those details if you wish.
► The second pack is the same as the above, except it is geared towards a general topic that the students or you decide.
A note about feedback assessment
included here: This is 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
Enjoy this unit, which makes research MUCH SIMPLER
for students and teachers!!!
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