Texas Rangers Essay Project You will have several days to do research so that you can write an organized, well thought out, grammatically correct, 800 word essay on the Texas Rangers. You will be given several grades during this process…so EACH step counts! Step I: Choose a topic. The topic Texas Rangers is probably too BIG…narrow it down. My topic is: __________________________________________________________________________ You will be given a grade for selecting a topic. Step 2: Select your resources. You MUST have at least 4 sources…only 2 can be internet sources. As you use EACH resource you need to make a bibliography-in correct format. Give each source a code: A, B, C, D…You will need this when you do your note-taking. You will be given a grade for your bibliographies. Turn in a bibliography, in correct format, on a separate sheet of paper when you turn in your essay. The bibliography must be word processed. Step 3: Take notes. Taking notes means reading the information and then writing it in your own words. Use the note-taking form provided to you. Notes ARE NOT taken in complete sentences and you should not need more room that what is provided on the form. You will be given a grade on how well you take notes. (NOTE: We are not checking the quality of the notes—that is something only you know—we are checking to make sure you are taking notes.) Step 4: Arrange notes. Once you have completed taking notes, you will arrange your notes in paragraphs…do not just start writing. Read your notes and decide which notes belong together. To the side of the box where you took the note, put a number---all boxes with the same number to the side should go together to form a paragraph. You will be given a grade on arranging your notes. Step 5: Write a rough draft. You will write a rough draft. This can be hand-written. Skip lines. You will be given a grade on your rough draft. Step 6: Revise. Once you get your rough draft back, revise it and fix any corrections. You will be given a grade on whether you made the revisions. Step 7: Final copy. Word process (font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman font) your essay…or hand-write your essay (must be neat, in blue/black ink, following margins guides—no white-out or strike-throughs). This is your BIG grade. It counts _______________________________________________ Step 8: Cover sheet. Prepare a cover sheet with a separate line for each piece of information: “Title of Essay” Your Name (first then last) Texas History 7 (period) Teacher NOTE: If your essay is chosen, you will prepare another cover sheet at that time.
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