Writing a Research Paper Unit Project & Portfolio: Grades 8-12 EDITABLE

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This research writing unit and portfolio has everything you need to teach the research process in an organized and engaging way! Your students will strengthen their reading, writing, and researching skills throughout the research project.

This comprehensive portfolio will help your students master the research writing process in 6 steps-- indicated by organized tabs (topic selection, research, annotated bibliography, research outline, the writing process, and reflection).

This resource was updated in January 2020.

The portfolio is made up of 42 pages plus cover pages and tabs for each section.

What's included? Check it out:

  • Research paper guidelines
  • Research paper expectations checklist
  • Research essay rubric
  • Selecting a topic guidelines
  • Topic selection graphic organizer
  • Final research paper topic worksheet
  • Topic selection example
  • Identifying scholarly articles guided notes
  • Research sources (for 7 scholarly sources)
  • Annotated bibliography internet scav. hunt
  • Annotated bibliography 101
  • Annotated bibliography assignment sheet and example
  • Annotated bibliography rubric
  • Research paper outline guidelines
  • Research paper outline example
  • Research paper outline template
  • The importance of understanding plagiarism
  • MLA formatting
  • Avoiding plagiarism by using citations
  • Introductions & thesis statements
  • Body Paragraphs (topic sentences, embedding quotes, and transition statements)
  • Conclusions
  • Synthesizing information to create a scholarly essay
  • MLA formatted example
  • Peer review & reflection guidelines/checklist
  • Reflection graphic organizer
  • Final grading rubric

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I loved this! It was easy to follow and laid out every step of the process. This was so easy for my students to follow and engage with." -Erin E.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I have used this for the last two years with my 8th graders and it is a great resource! It breaks down a big research paper into very manageable steps to make this process less stressful for the students." -Shannon M.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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