According to the DESK standards, all ninth graders are to write a research paper that meets the following criteria:
Research Guide contains all the technical information you will
need to complete the research paper.
You'll also need this handout, found on this web site. (Fill it out as you go through the steps in the Big Six research process.)
First you have to decide on a topic. In order to meet the above requirements, your topic should be something of interest to you, but not something you already know everything about. (The reason you do research is to learn new things!) Your topic should be something current and/or controversial. That means it has to be something arguable. You are not writing simply a report that restates information you find in your research, but rather you are writing a persuasive research paper in which you devise an arguable thesis statement and then support it with the evidence you discover in your research. To get started with the topic search, try some of these web sites to look for topics you feel strongly about:
...check Pioneer Online Library to see if there is plenty of information available about your topic.
...figure out what "Essential Question" you will answer in your research.
...begin filling out the Research Paper Organizer.
...make source cards for the sources you will use.
...write your first draft. (Include parenthetical documentation.)