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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Scaffolding Methods for Research Paper Writing
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Seven or eight 60-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Computers with Internet access and printing capability
- Research Paper Scaffold
- Example Research Paper Scaffold
- Example Student Research Paper
- Internet Citation Checklist
- Research Paper Scoring Rubric
- Permission Form (optional)
- Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies
- Citation Machine
- Why Cite Information Sources?
- APA Formatting and Style Guide
|1.||Decide how you will schedule the seven or eight class sessions in the lesson to allow students time for independent research. You may wish to reserve one day each week as the “research project day.” The schedule should provide students time to plan ahead and collect materials for one section of the scaffold at a time, and allow you time to assess each section as students complete it, which is important as each section builds upon the previous one.
|2.||Make a copy for each student of the Research Paper Scaffold, the Example Research Paper Scaffold, the Example Student Research Paper, the Internet Citation Checklist, and the Research Paper Scoring Rubric. Also fill out and copy the Permission Form if you will be getting parents’ permission for the research projects.
|3.||If necessary, reserve time in the computer lab for Sessions 2 and 8. Decide which citation website students will use to format reference citations (see Websites) and bookmark it on student computers.
|4.||Schedule time for research in the school media center or the computer lab between Sessions 2 and 3.