Name: Social Studies Research Paper Checklist Paragraph One: Introduction Background Concept Claim Background: Provide a brief explanation of the historical context. What was going on at the time? (ex: feudalism) Sentence Examples: • During the Middle Ages, a system of economic, social, and political order, called feudalism, was present in Europe. OR • Feudalism is a system of economic, social, and political order that was present in Europe during the Middle Ages. Concept: Describe why this topic is even being debated. Sentence Example: • According to historians the Magna Carta, the Bubonic Plague, and the 100 Years’ War were causes leading to the decline of the feudal system. Claim: What is your position on this topic? What are you trying to prove/argue? Sentence Example: • _________ had the most important impact on the decline of feudalism. Paragraph Two: Counterclaim In this paragraph you will state that others may have a different claim than yours. How will you refute or counter their claim? (This is a great place to use your argumentation conversation board, feudal pyramid charts, Chapter 5 packet and reading notes.) Sentence Example: • Although some argue that __________________ was the most significant factor leading to the decline of feudalism, the evidence is much more convincing that ________________ was the most important. Paragraph Three: Supporting your claim with evidence Use your research (note cards) to decide which three pieces of evidence you will use in this paragraph to support your claim. The format of this paragraph might look something like this: • Topic Sentence • Supporting evidence #1 • Supporting evidence #2 • Supporting evidence #3 Paragraph 4: Conclusion Restate Claim: In new words, restate your claim in order to remind the reader what your argument is. Concept: Take into account that this topic is debatable. Acknowledge other arguments but reinforce that yours is the strongest. Sentence Example: • Others may think that the _______and the _______ were the main cause of the decline of feudalism, however the evidence is strongest for the_______________.
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