The 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.
Each week includes both reading and writing assignments designed to scaffold students toward a successful research project. We meet for live, one-hour classes each Monday although students are welcome to view the recordings if they cannot attend synchronously. Steps on the scaffold include idea generation, choosing an argument structure, APA and MLA citations, paper and poster drafts for feedback, and final submissions.
Who should enroll?
This class is for advanced 8th graders and anyone in high school who wants to learn more about writing research.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I believe in ample, individualized feedback so that each student can successfully engage with the research process in a way that is exciting and intellectually satisfying. Research is, at its heart, about advocacy (selecting a question or problem important to the writer) and activism (suggesting a course of action that answers the question or solves the problem). Rubrics are available for each assignment that address the major components of quality nonfiction writing and the specifics associated with quality research writing. Students will receive feedback via Canvas and each student will have at least one session of one-on-one feedback time in advance of the final submission.
Parent support is essential to success in this class and I welcome any questions parents have throughout the class. Parents and families are welcome to contact me before registering at <email> firstname.lastname@example.org </email> and new registrants will receive a welcome email with additional startup information.