I have taught a research paper to my 9th and/or10th grade English students ever since I started teaching in the late 1980's and for most of that time I struggled to get through the process without pulling my hair out. As a result, a few years ago I came up with this simple, step-by-step approach that seems to work better than anything I've tried before. Please keep in mind that this is meant for students who have little or no experience with putting together a research paper. The teacher must provide a great deal of guidance and feedback throughout the entire process in order to reap the most learning out of the unit.
The packet includes the following:
Research Paper Suggestions & Pointers for the Teacher
Choosing A Topic Worksheet
Research Paper Guidelines Handout
Research Paper Organizer Worksheet
Sample Research Paper
Research Paper Scoring Guide