Got a research paper due? Tim and Moby can help! In this BrainPOP movie, they’ll tell you about all the tools you’ll need to do good research! They’ll start you off by telling you about what kinds of resources you can use. You’ll also learn which sources can give you a basic summary of your topic and how you can use your first sources to find even more information. Plus, you'll discover some of the many different resources libraries have, and find out the difference between primary and secondary sources. So quit procrastinating and get to researching!
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Research paper complete unit.
Research papers made easy! This complete unit has everything you need to teach writing a research paper from start to finish.
***UPDATED***Now includes NEW MLA 8th edition citation guidelines.
For the APA version of this unit, click here:
Research Papers Complete Unit - APA Style
Everything here is classroom-tested with hundreds of students who have successfully written a research paper. There are 65 pages of teacher notes, handouts, worksheets, activities and examples, all in an easy-to-follow progression. Includes pre-writing, how to find appropriate sources, taking notes, writing body paragraphs using the "research sandwich" method, outlining, introductions and conclusions, revising, group work, MLA formatting, avoiding plagiarism and group work. Also included are fun activities for something a little different. Using this unit, your students might actually enjoy writing research papers!
Originally written for reluctant learner high school students, I have had a lot of feedback from middle school and junior high teachers letting me know that they have used it effectively in their classrooms as well.
Includes these individual products:
MLA Citation Guidelines
(without Power Point)
Research Papers - Writing Body Paragraphs
Pair with this companion product to generate ideas for research papers:
Writing Prompts for Research Papers and Response Papers
This unit is also available in two money-saving bundles
Essay Writing Bundle
Essay Writing Mega Bundle
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