Research Paper Guidelines & Schedule
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Research Paper Guidelines for Hilldale Middle School
Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Hilldale Middle School will be required to write a research paper in their English class, as well as do other various research projects in other subjects. These are the standard guidelines for the Middle School.
- Sources – All sources must be primary sources. The requirements for each grade are:
- 6th grade – 1 book and 2 online sources
- 7th grade - 2 books and 3 online sources
- 8th grade – 2 books and 3 online sources
- Research – Each grade will have 2 days in the Middle School library and 2 days in the Middle School computer lab. After that, all research will have to be done on student’s own time either at home or school.
- Notecards – Notecards will be 3x5, and students will create 2 per source. Students must follow the notecard format provided by their teachers.
- Writing – Students will have 2 days in class to write their papers after all the research and notecards have been completed. All other writing will be done on students’ own time.
- CitingSources – Students will create a Works Cited page following the MLA standards for citing sources. This must be completed in the correct MLA format provided by the teachers and handed in with the research paper.
- Typing – Students will have 2 days in the Middle School computer lab to type their research papers. It would be very beneficial for students to own a flash drive on which to save their research. Any other typing will have to be done on the students’ own time.
- Formatting – All papers must be typed in 12 font, black ink, Times New Roman, and must be double spaced. Failure to do this will result in reduction of points on the overall research paper grade.
- 6th grade – 2 typed pages, plus a cover page and the Works Cited page
- 7th grade – 2 ½ typed pages, plus a cover page and the Works Cited page
- 8th grade – 3 typed pages, plus a cover page and the Works Cited page
- Honors Class Requirements:
- Honors 7th grade – 3 typed pages, plus a cover page and the Works Cited page
- Honors 8th grade – 4 typed pages, plus a cover page and the Works Cited page
- DueDates - All parts of the research papers must be turned in by the due dates assigned by the teachers. Students will receive a calendar of due dates from their teachers at the beginning of the research assignment. This will also be posted on the school website.
- Grades – The research paper assignment will be worth 300 points. Students will receive a grade sheet at the beginning of the research assignment detailing what each section is worth. This will also be posted on the school website.
- We will use the MLA format for all sections of the research paper. You can find how-to help for all research paper sections at mlaformat.org
By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer
Found In:language arts, 9-12
A+ Writing Research Paper Guide includes a step-by-step guide to researching and writing a paper, an information search guide, and links to online resources. NOTE:After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available.
Step by Step Research & Writing recognizes that writing a research paper is only half the labor. Exploring subjects, locating information, analyzing issues, and organizing arguments require different skills than writing. Six steps prepare students to:
- understand an assignment,
- choose a topic,
- narrow the focus,
- gather information to support a topic,
- form a thesis statement, and finally
- write and revise the paper.
Each step has additional substeps. For example, Step 1 - Getting Started lists 8 considerations, many of which teachers would consider part of the prewriting stage of the familiar 5-step writing process. Step 1.1 Understanding the Assignment would seem obvious but can’t be stressed enough. (This is the number one step in the “Eisenberg & Berkowitz Big6 Information Problem Solving Process.” Teachers may find the Big6 poster and slideshow useful.) In addition, each step includes links to supporting tips, articles, and forms.
Info Search has an overview of library and web research and links to academic tutorials for the library and web research and interpretation and evaluation of information. A separate section on search strategies is included. As with the research and writing guide, links to supporting materials are provided.
Finally, Links connects to off-site resources on research and writing.