Writing a research paper need not strike fear into the heart of your high school student. This seven-week course addresses all aspects of the conception, development, and execution of a scholarly research paper. Research papers are typically required in high school and university courses and are often represented in numerous content areas. We will address all components of the writing process, from the idea to the argument, sources to citations, and writing to revision. Students can choose to write on topics of personal interest or use the products of this course to meet requirements of other courses. Students will receive one round of individualized feedback prior to submitting a final paper as well as a grade and feedback on the final product. They will also practice presenting and discussing research in a digital academic conference on the last day of class.
Who should apply?
9-12th graders interested in learning about or advancing research and technical writing skills.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Weekly one-hour live classes are optional but will be available for students to view. Additional live and virtual assistance are available. Students spend 2-6 hours on the class per week depending on experience and speed of work.
Feedback and Evaluation
Weekly homework assignments are structured to help students scaffold to the full, formal research paper and poster.
Parents and students are encouraged to communicate with Dr. Bailes at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the start of the course. Registrants will promptly receive a welcome letter with information about the course. Parents and students are also welcome to correspond as frequently as needed via Canvas once the course has commenced.
About the instructor:
Lauren Bailes was homeschooled K-12. She was an AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, which resulted in an academic scholarship to Eastern University, Templeton Honors College, where she received her BA in English Literature and Secondary Education. Lauren taught Middle School English Language Arts (ELA) in Brooklyn, New York for four years and served as an ELA instructional coach for five years in Columbus, Ohio. She has written English curriculum for grades 5-8. Lauren is an author on Readers in Residence, Volume 1 and also taught Middle School Tools and Pre AP English Language through Aim Academy for four years. She has also received her Master’s degree in Literacy Instruction from Columbia University Teachers College and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from The Ohio State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Delaware.