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    8TH

    GRADE RESEARCH PROJECT

    Name: _______________________________

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    **Parent Letter..i

    Project Timeline....ii

    **Graded Activities .iii-iv

    **Time Log..2

    Grading Rubric.3

    **Topics to Consider....4

    Pro/ Con Questions with Issues.5-6

    Research Planning.....7

    Deciding Your Issue Graphic Organizer.......8

    Resources and Works Cited Information..9

    Top of Notebook Page..10

    Note Taking...11

    Keep from Plagiarizing.....12

    Guidelines for Parenthetical Documentation..13-14

    Evaluating Websites..15

    The Thesis Statement16

    How to Write An Outline..17

    Sample Notebook Page.18

    Sample Works Cited Page.19

    Research Paper Reflection.20

    ** Parent signature is required

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    TIME LOG 8

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    RESEARCH PAPER GRADING RUBRIC

    Name: __________________________________ Block: ______________ Date: ______________

    **Keep this and put in your folder when you turn in your paper.

    Grade 1: FORMAT /100 pts.

    Length of paper- 3 to 5 typed pages /30 pts.

    Sources- 3 books, 2 magazine/news sources, 2 print/online, 3 websites /20 pts.

    Works Cited Page /20 pts.

    Font- 12 pt. Times New Roman, Double-Spaced, Margins Correct /10 pts.

    In-Text Citations- at least 10 used correctly /10 pts.

    Title page, pages numbered, name on top right corner /10 pts.

    Grade 2: CONTENT /100 pts.

    Introduction grabs the reader and includes thesis statement /10 pts.

    Paper is organized logically and includes smooth transitions /10 pts.

    All information included supports thesis statement /10 pts.

    Paper clearly presents research from both sides of the argument /40 pts.

    Writer clearly states his/her position on the issue in paragraph 4 /20 pts.

    Conclusion effectively ties up loose ends and paraphrases thesis /5 pts.

    The paper is completely objective (except for paragraph 4) /5 pts.

    Grade 3: GRAMMAR, SPELLING, AND MECHANICS /100 pts.

    Paragraph Structure- 7-12 sentences /20 pts.

    In-Text Citations are in parentheses (1 per source) /20 pts.

    Sentence Structure and Variety (no fragments or run-ons!) /10 pts.

    Word Usage (i.e. their/there/theyre, subject-verb agreement, etc.) /10 pts.

    Punctuation Used Correctly /10 pts.

    Spelling/ Other Grammar Mistakes /10 pts.

    Direct Quotes used correctly with page numbers /10 pts.

    Parents- Please review your childs paper and check to be sure that the above guidelines have been

    followed.

    Parent Edit (signature) _____________________________________________________ /10 pts.

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    TOPICS TO CONSIDER

    Parent Signature: __________________________________________

    1. ALCOHOLTOBACCO DRUGS

    Legal age for drinking

    Smoking in public places

    Legalization of marijuana

    2. ANIMAL RIGHTS

    Medical experimentation

    3. CIVIL LIBERTIES

    **Affirmative action

    Racial profiling

    **DNA testing of suspects

    **Patriot Act: the right of the individual vs. suspicions of terrorism

    School issues: locker searches, uniforms, dress code, pledging the flag, school prayer,

    bullying

    4. CRIME & CRIMINALS

    Gun control

    Death penalty/Capital punishment

    Juvenile offenders

    5. IMMIGRATION

    **Impact on U.S. economy

    English as official language of U.S.

    6. SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY

    **Cloning

    Genetically engineered food

    **Stem cell research

    Space exploration

    Artificial intelligence

    7. MEDICAL

    **Mandatory vaccinations

    Cosmetic surgery for teens

    Teen dieting

    **Organ transplants

    **Euthanasia

    **Alternative medicine

    8. CENSORSHIP OF THE MEDIA

    **Book banning

    Violence in television and movies

    Music lyrics & Music videos (i.e. MTV)

    Internet

    9. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

    Global warming

    10. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

    **Alternative energy sources (Nuclear, Solar, Wind, etc.)

    11. SPORTS

    Steroid use/Random drug testing of athletes

    Violence

    Salary cap

    Gender equity

    12. SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    **Government or private responsibility towards the homeless problem in America

    **U.S. responsibility to protect human rights throughout the world

    13. MISCELLANEOUS

    **Evolution vs. creationism

    Use of the atomic bomb Nuclear weapo

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    PRO/CON QUESTIONS WITH ISSUES TO EXPLORE

    1. ALCOHOLTOBACCODRUGS Should the legal age for drinking be 18 or 21

    years old?

    Parent/Guardian involvement

    Drunk driving

    Abuse of alcohol at colleges Should smoking be banned in public places?

    Health effects of second-hand smoke

    Rights of the smoker

    Economic effects Should marijuana be legalized in the US?

    Medical uses of marijuana

    Impact on crime

    Privacy rights 2. ANIMAL RIGHTS Should animals be used for medical

    experimentation?

    Rights of animals

    Health benefits to humans

    Alternatives to animal testing 3. CIVIL LIBERTIES **Should affirmative action continue to exist in

    the United States?

    College admissions

    Hiring in the workplace

    Discrimination Should law enforcement agencies be allowed to

    practice racial profiling?

    Constitutional rights

    Discrimination

    Public safety **Should DNA testing of criminal suspects be

    allowed?

    Accuracy of testing

    Public safety

    Privacy rights of the suspect Should prayer be allowed in public schools? (see

    other school issues)

    Constitutional issues

    Individual rights

    Diversity Should public schools be able to impose a dress

    code on students? (see other school issues)

    Economic effect on families

    Impact on student behavior and academic performance

    Freedom of expression **Does the threat of terrorism give the

    government the authority to restrict Constitutional

    rights of the individual?

    Constitutional rights/Patriot Act

    Public safety

    Discrimination/Profiling 4. CRIME & CRIMINALS Is gun control unconstitutional?

    Individual right to bear arms

    Impact on crime rate and school shootings

    Types of weapons Should the death penalty be allowed in the US?

    Impact on crime rate

    Prisoner rehabilitation

    Racism Should juvenile offenders be tried as adults?

    Death penalty

    Rehabilitation as an alternative

    Effect of imprisonment with adults 5. IMMIGRATION **Does illegal immigration impact the United

    States economy?

    Impact on employment

    Healthcare and public educ