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Graded Assignment

Research Paper Planning Assignment

Write the outline of your research paper below. The outline should begin with the title of your paper and your thesis statement. You should complete this assignment and submit it to your teacher when you finish the Develop an Outline lesson in this unit.

Total score: ____ of 30 points

(Score for Question 1: ___ of 5 points)

Write a title for your paper that clearly states the topic.

Answer:

Type your answer here.

(Score for Question 2: ___ of 10 points)

Write your thesis statement. Your thesis should state a fact about history and state your idea about the fact.

Answer:

Type your answer here.

(Score for Question 3: ___ of 15 points)

Develop a formal outline for your paper. Use the Making Formal Outlines sheet as a guide for structuring your content. Your outline should demonstrate that you have completed adequate research and have a grasp of the content. Your ideas should be clearly organized in a logical manner.

Answer:

Type your answer here.

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Research Paper Assignment Overview

Instructions

This document provides an overview of the tasks and time line for completing this semester’s research paper. You will complete this project over the course of three units this semester. Keep in mind that the project has been broken into three units to give you more time to complete the final paper. As necessary, use time during other units to work on your paper.

Process: Planning

Review the assignment instructions and grading criteria thoroughly. Keep in mind that the research project is divided into three major components spread across three units.

Choose a topic for your paper.

Conduct research to help you narrow and develop your topic. Use both print and online sources for your research. Your final paper should be between 1,800 and 2,700 words.

Complete the first assignment, Research Paper Planning Assignment, which includes writing a thesis statement and developing a formal outline. You will submit the completed plan for a grade.

Process: Drafting

Begin drafting your paper. Use your planning assignment and the feedback that you received from your teacher. Also use your research notes to support your thesis.

Write in standard formal English and use the third person and the present tense. Your ideas should be expressed objectively and be supported with your research. Avoid sentences that begin with “I think” or “I feel.”

Review the rubric. Your first draft will be graded against the rubric that assesses the essay in the following five categories: purpose; ideas and content; structure and organization; language, word choice, and style; and sentences and mechanics. The rubric appears at the end of this document. Be sure that you have included everything that the rubric requires.

Continue to work on your draft, referring to your research materials. Then submit the first draft of your research paper after you have double-checked it against the checklist that follows in this document.

Process: Finalizing

Revise your research paper. Use the feedback you received from your teacher on the first draft. Also consider feedback you may have received from your mentor or other readers.

The final paper will be graded against a checklist which is located later in this document in the Grading Criteria section.

Proofread your research paper. Use the proofreading checklist as a guide. Be sure you review how to cite sources correctly, both within your paper and on the Works Cited page, before you hand in your paper.

Make a final, clean copy of your research paper, and submit it to your teacher.

Time Line

Remember you will be working on this project over the course of three different units. The following due dates reflect this schedule.

Task


Start

Complete

Complete the Planning a Research Paper Unit. Submit the Research Paper Planning Assignment—assignment includes topic selection and formal outline.


Lesson: Plan Your Research Paper

Lesson: Develop Your Outline

Complete the Drafting a Research Paper Unit. Submit your Research Paper First Draft.

Lesson: Begin Your Draft

Lesson: Complete Your Draft

Complete the Finalizing a Research Paper Unit. Submit your Research Paper Final Draft.

Lesson: Review Your Research Paper

Lesson: Polish Your Research Paper

Grading/Point Values

Research Paper Planning Assignment: 30

Research Paper First Draft: 100

Research Paper Final Draft: 30

Required Final Draft Length

Pages: 7–9 pages

Word Count: 1,800–2,700 words

Grading Criteria – First Draft

Your first draft will be evaluated by the rubric at the end of this document.

Total possible points for first draft is 100 points.

Grading Criteria – Final Draft

Later this semester, you will complete a final draft of your research paper. The final draft of your paper will be graded according to this checklist.

Total possible points for the final draft is 30 points.

Final Draft Editing Checklist

Your final draft will be evaluated against this checklist. Each item is worth 5 points.

The paper shows evidence of revisions to increase the flow of ideas.

Additional evidence has been added to offer sufficient and/or relevant support.

All in-text citations are included and correctly formatted.

The Works Cited page has few, if any, errors.

Grammar, usage, and mechanics errors have been corrected.

The research paper includes correct and relevant formatting, graphics, and multimedia.

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Purpose

The research paper does an outstanding job of fulfilling its purpose of providing substantial information on the chosen topic. The writer seems interested in the topic, and the details provided are complete and cover the topic fully. There is no irrelevant information present. Readers are not left with lingering questions about the topic.

The research paper does a good job in fulfilling its purpose of providing information on the chosen topic, but the topic could be developed more fully. There are gaps in the information that leave readers with questions, or there is some information presented that is irrelevant to the topic.

The purpose of the research paper is not entirely clear. The writer provides some information on the topic, but there are gaps that leave readers with questions. There is irrelevant information that makes readers question what the main purpose of the paper is.

The research paper does not fulfill its purpose of providing information about a topic. The information on the chosen topic is sparse, and the paper lacks significant details. The paper also contains irrelevant information.

The purpose of the research paper is not clear. The writer did not do appropriate research. There is not enough information on the stated topic, or the information is not about the stated topic.

Ideas and Content

The research paper is on a topic that interests the writer. The topic is narrow enough that it can be thoroughly covered, and a thesis statement provides a clear focus for the paper. The topic is fully researched and very well developed with facts and quotations from cited sources that include at least five sources, two of which should be print sources. The research paper includes a comprehensive Works Cited page.

The research paper is on a topic that is sufficiently narrow and that interests the writer. Although the paper contains a thesis statement, it does not focus the paper as well as it could. A great deal of research is present, but because the thesis statement is not focused well, the writer does not answer all pertinent questions and includes extraneous information. The research paper contains facts and quotations from cited sources, including at least five sources, two of which should be print sources, and it includes a Works Cited page.

It is unclear whether the topic of this research paper interests the writer, because there are gaps in information. The thesis statement is vague, and the research is inadequate, even though the topic may be sufficiently narrow. The paper contains facts and quotations, but sources are not always cited. The writer relies heavily on websites and does not include enough research from print sources. The research paper includes a Works Cited page, but it is not complete.

The writer does not appear interested in this topic, and many questions are left unanswered. There is no clear expression of a thesis statement. The research is insufficient, unsubstantiated, or relies upon faulty sources. It does not contain quotations and facts cited from valid sources. The Works Cited page is either incomplete or missing.

The topic of this research paper does not lend itself to academic research. There is no thesis statement that focuses the paper, and there are no cited facts and quotations from appropriate sources, so the research is negligible. There is no Works Cited page.

Structure and Organization

The research paper has a clear structure with an introductory paragraph or paragraphs that grab the reader’s attention and clearly state the thesis. Each body paragraph contains reasons or evidence in the form of facts and quotations that support the thesis. The conclusion tells readers what the writer has learned or leaves readers with something to think about. The writer uses an appropriate pattern of organization that fits the topic and thesis. Transitions are used to clarify ideas and to move smoothly within and between paragraphs. The paper includes thought-provoking and specific headings, interesting and informative graphics, and an instructive multimedia component that aids comprehension.

The research paper has a clear structure—introduction with a thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion—although one part of the structure may not be developed well. The writer occasionally strays from a pattern of organization, but transitions are generally used effectively. The paper includes useful headings, most of which are specific, relevant graphics, and a multimedia component that aids in comprehension.

The structure of the research paper is usually clear, with an introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion. However, the writer does not always use a new paragraph for a new idea. The pattern of organization is not always clear, but readers can usually follow the ideas. The writer uses some transitions, but more are needed to make content flow more smoothly. The paper includes headings and graphics, though some may be generic or not entirely connected to the paper’s subject matter, and a multimedia component.

The structure of the research paper is somewhat clear. There seems to be an introduction, body, and a conclusion, but the writer does not use paragraphing well. The pattern of organization is somewhat unclear, and the writer tends to jump around. Minimal transitions are used to connect ideas. The paper is missing headings, graphics, or a multimedia component, or it uses one or more of these elements in ways that detract from the writing of the piece.

The structure of the research paper is almost nonexistent. There may be only one or two long paragraphs, and there are few or no transitions between ideas. The paper has neither headings, nor graphics, nor a multimedia component

Language and Word Choice

The student considers purpose and audience in the language, tone, and voice of the research paper. The student uses formal language, several domain-specific words, and several literary techniques, such as similes, metaphors, and analogies to explain concepts and provide clear information. The tone is serious, and the voice is consistently objective, with no personal opinions offered.

The student usually considers purpose and audience in the language, tone, and voice of the research paper. The student usually employs formal language, uses at least one domain-specific word, and includes at least one simile, metaphor, or analogy to explain concepts and provide clear information. The tone is serious, and the voice is usually objective, although sometimes the student might state an opinion.

The student attempts to consider purpose and audience in the language, tone, and voice of the research paper. However, the student sometimes loses sight of one of these aspects and includes inappropriate language or wording, misses opportunities to incorporate domain-specific words, or fails to use literary techniques, such as similes, metaphors, or analogies to explain concepts and provide clear information. Imprecise language is sometimes confusing, but readers can usually figure out the meaning. The tone of the paper is serious, but some of the language is informal. The voice of the research paper is not consistently objective, and the student’s opinions are present.

The student does not seem to consider purpose and audience when selecting language, tone, and voice. There are several instances of inappropriate language or wording being used, the student does not incorporate domain-specific vocabulary, or the attempts to use literary techniques, such as similes, metaphors, or analogies, to explain concepts or provide clear information only serve to muddle the paper’s message. The language tends to be informal and imprecise, leaving readers trying to figure out the meaning. The tone is not consistently serious, and the research paper contains many opinions.

There is little consideration for purpose and audience in the student’s choice of language, tone, and voice. The paper lacks any domain-specific vocabulary and contains no literary techniques that might explain concepts or provide clear information to readers. The research paper contains personal opinions, comments, and exclamations. The research paper contains informal language, including slang and other inappropriate expressions.

Sentences and Mechanics

Each sentence expresses a complete thought, and sentence beginnings and structures are varied. Quotations contain the exact words of the source and are punctuated correctly. If the quotation is embedded as a phrase in a sentence, it is not capitalized. All citations within the research paper and on the Works Cited page are in proper citation format. There are extremely few errors in grammar, in usage, and in mechanics, and those errors that exist do not impede readers’ understanding.

Most sentences contain complete thoughts, and sentences are varied. Quotations are used for the exact words of a source, but sometimes they are not punctuated correctly. Most citations within the paper and on the Works Cited page are in proper citation format. There are few errors in grammar, in usage, and in mechanics, and those errors that exist rarely interfere with readers’ ability to understand.

Sentences do not all contain complete thoughts, although there may be some sentence variety. There are several unintentional fragments and run-ons. Some quotations are not punctuated correctly, and not all citations are in proper citation format. There are errors in grammar, in usage, and in mechanics that sometimes interfere with readers’ ability to understand.

Many sentences are incomplete, and it is difficult to recognize quotations. Many citations are in improper citation format. There are errors in grammar, in usage, and in mechanics that make the paper difficult to understand.

Most sentences contain errors in structure. Quotations, if used, may be incorrectly punctuated. Most citations, if present, are in improper citation format. Multiple errors in grammar, in usage, and in mechanics make the paper difficult to understand.

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who can do a research topic about american literature or american history? You will be completing the research along with the planning guide and the research final draft. 3 things in total

the final draft and the actually research  should be the same.

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 Provide a 3+ page critical Literary Analysis on one of the novels in the reading selection. You MUST provide primary sources from the text and secondary sources from relevant secondary sources. Follow MLA guidelines for all parenthetical citations (in-text citations) and Works Cited page.  

  • ARGUE a position, slant, or lens using textual evidence. Analysis is argument. And it is far from “mere opinion.”  It relies upon close reading and textual evidence, not fluffy meanderings or empty “I FEEL’s.”
  • Provide a working THESIS that encompasses that textual evidence:

 

  • Original title, only incorporating underline, italics, or quotations if appropriate
  • 12 pt Type and Times New Roman Font
  • One inch margins
  • Double-spaced throughout, including the items in the heading as well as between the heading and title and the title and body
  • Parenthetical (In-text) citation and Works Cited page

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Human nature: What image of humankind emerges from the work?
Nature of society: Are characters in conflict with their society?
Human freedom: What control over their lives do the characters have?
Ethics: What are the moral conflicts of the work?

Assignment

Use those questions to explain the theme of A White Heron. Create a forum post giving your explanation of the theme of the story.

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The Assignment: 

· Choose two (2) poems from the poetry selections by Emily Dickinson located in this module.

· Write an un-researched explication of each poem (two total).

· Explications should be 1½ –2 pages each.

· Follow the Style Rules/Guidelines and MLA documentation for appropriate formatting 

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Henry David Thoreau – Walden

1 In the middle of “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” Thoreau explains that he went to the woods to “live deliberately” and “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” (p. 967). What does Thoreau mean by this? How might a person “live what was not life”?

2. Summarize the paragraph that begins “Still we live meanly . . . .” Are the ideas in this paragraph applicable to contemporary life?

3. Explain this quote: “We do not ride upon the railroad; it rides upon us . . . . ” Give this some thought; you can get what Thoreau is saying.

4. Look at the paragraph that begins “Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature . . .” (p. 971). In your own words, paraphrase what is he asking us to do.

5. Compare and contrast Thoreau’s reason for going to the woods and his reason for leaving them (p. 990). Give lines from the text to support your answer.

6. In his conclusion, Thoreau again applies the lessons of his experiment to broader experiences. Look at the first paragraph of your assignment, what general lesson about conformity is to be drawn from the path he wore between his house and the pond? (p. 990)

7. In the next paragraph, Thoreau relates what he has learned about success. Summarize his definition of success.

8. The example on page 992 of the man who “hears a different drummer” is one of the most quoted passages from Walden. How does this passage support Thoreau’s earlier criticism of conformity?

9. The paragraph beginning “However mean your life is, meet it and live it” (top of 993) has many great ideas. What is the overall theme of this paragraph? What does he mean by “Sell your clothes; keep your thoughts”?

10. Look at the paragraph at the bottom of 995 that begins, “The life in us is like the water in the river.” This paragraph centers upon the rebirth that is possible once we have opened ourselves to nature and to our true inner being. Within this context, what is the “moral” of the story of the beautiful bug that hatched after being buried many years in an old wooden table?

11. In some respects, the final sentences of the passage sum up all of Walden. Thoreau reminds us that finding our “perfect summer life,” as the beautiful bug did, is not merely a matter of waiting. According to Thoreau, in what way may any of us prepare to experience spiritual awakening?