Grade 8 English                                                                                     Name:________________________

Research Project

Information Sheet—Class 8A                                                                                             Class:__________

 

You will choose a topic to research; you will spend time in the library researching your topic; and you will produce a final project presenting your research that follows a proper format for research.

 

Purposes of the Project

                        This includes books, computers, encyclopedias, and various indexes to information.

Separating what’s truthful, factual, reliable, relevant, and useful from the swamp of information available to you. 

NOT plagiarizing or copying, not even re-stating in your own words, but using information to help say what you want to say about a topic.

This includes…grammar and spelling, formatting, punctuation, and mechanics,

quoting, notes, and bibliography form, and other style matters, such as spacing and margins.

 

Your Topic

Of course, you’ll also want to learn some interesting and/or useful things about a topic you are interested in.  You can choose a topic from the list you will be given, or you can choose your own topic not on the list, with your teacher’s permission.

 

Your Schedule

Please put all of this information into your agenda!

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2 DECEMBER

Introduction &

Topic Choosing Hints

3

Writing Workshop

Overall form and Bibliography tips

4

Reading Workshop

5

More on Choosing a Topic

Select a preliminary topic

6

 

9

LIBRARY

Skills lesson

1st Period

10

Writing Workshop

Research tips and organization

11

Reading Workshop

12

LIBRARY

Research

1st Period

13

 

16

LIBRARY

Research

1st Period

17

Writing Workshop

You can’t change your topic after today.

18

Reading Workshop

19

LIBRARY

Research

1st Period

20

 

Winter Holiday

13 JANUARY

Review and planning

14

Writing Workshop

Writing a good intro & adding a personal touch

15

Reading Workshop

16

Time to plan & write

17

 

20

Planning & Writing

21

Writing Workshop

Writing!

22

Reading Workshop

23

LIBRARY

Last chance!

24

Your project is DUE ON MONDAY!

27

PROJECT IS DUE!

Oral Presentations then begin. 

You’ll get the assignment in class, and have some time to prepare in class.

 

Requirements for the Final Project

In your research, you must consult at least four sources of different types:

 

The final copy should be 1,800-2,000 words in length.  (This does not include labels for diagrams, timelines, an appendix, bibliography, etc.)  Projects that are well under or well over this range will be penalized.  Narrow or expand your topic appropriately.

 

The final copy must be typed, double-spaced, using a sensible font.

Or, you can neatly hand-write the final copy, following correct formatting.

 

The final project should have a cover, with an illustration.

 

There must be a Table of Contents page at the beginning of the paper. 

 

The pages of your project must be numbered.

 

The must be a properly formatted bibliography at the end.

 

The project should be handed in in some kind of report cover or folder.

 

NOTE:

 

WITH YOUR PROJECT, you must hand in EVERY PIECE OF PAPER connected to the project—all notes, pre-writing, jottings, drafts, photocopies (like this one), printouts, brainstorming, etc., WHETHER IT ENDED UP IN YOUR FINAL PROJECT OR NOT.  Put all this paper in a SEPARATE folder or plastic sleeve labeled with your name and class.

 

Grading

(The grading criteria closely follow the purposes of the project, above.)

 

There are three separate grades for the project.  Use this criteria list as a checklist for yourself:

 

I. Research Process

 

II. Use of Information

 

III. Presentation of Information