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A Survival Guide for Teaching Students How to Write Research Papers

About this Daily Classroom Special:
A Survival Guide for Teaching Students How to Write Research Papers was written  by former Teachers Network web mentor, Lisa Kihn, a math and language arts teacher at Nevin Platt Middle School in Boulder, Colorado.

A Survival Guide for Teaching Students How to Write Research Papers



RESEARCH PAPER SELF-EVALUATION




Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5 for each area. Describe your justification for each rating on the lines that follow.



_____ Introduction
Does your introduction catch the reader’s attention? What kind of introduction did you use? Did you use images? Give examples. 



_____ Conclusion
Does your conclusion include a final image for the reader? Explain


_____ Title Page
How did you decide on a title for your piece? Is the title page creative and attractive? 


_____ Note Taking
Did you have at least 15 – 20 notecards per category? Explain how using notecards was helpful to you. 


_____ Bibliography
Is the bibliography in alphabetical order? Are the page numbers included? Have you followed all the punctuation rules? 


_____ References
Have you given credit to all your sources? Did you put quotation marks around direct quotes? How does using quotes add to your paper? 


_____ Resources
Have you used at least 1 primary and 5 secondary resources? Explain how you used your resources. 


_____ Deadlines
Did you meet each deadline throughout the project? Explain. 


_____ Flow
Does each category include enough information? Is each category placed in your paper so that the information flows well from one thought to another? Explain. 




_____ Topic Sentences
Does each paragraph have a strong topic sentence? Give examples and explain how topic sentences help the reader. 


_____ Supporting Sentences
Do all sentences within a paragraph support the topic sentence? Give examples and explain. 



Comments: Reflect on your effort. What went well? What was difficult? What would you do differently? What other instruction would have been helpful as you completed this assignment?


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