Cancer Research Paper
Learn about the physiological process of cancer cells (class lessons)
Understand the effects of cancer on the human psyche (interview) -
Research the types of procedures and cures that are available to cancer patients (research)
- Written paper: 2-3 pages, typed, 12 pt font, Times New Roman or Arial, double
spaced, 1-inch margins
- 2 proof read copies of rough draft
- 5 minute Oral Presentation
American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org
LAUSD Writing Rubric (1-4 point scale)
- make sure that topics are well supported by detailed and accurate information
- make sure that the topic is conveyed in a clear and understandable manner
- includes an introduction and conclusion
- paragraphs/topics flow into each other
- check for spelling and grammatical errors
- sentence structure is correct, no run-ons, fragments, etc.
- make sure that the paper is interesting to the reader
Identify cancer topic, 5 pts, Due Tuesday, 1/11
Interview Candidate, 5 pts, Due Thursday, 1/13
Outline/Concept Map, 10 pts, Due Thursday, 1/13
First draft of research paper, 10 pts, Due Tuesday, 1/24
Two proofread copies of first draft, 10 pts, Due Monday, 1/31
Final Draft of research paper, 50 pts, Due Monday, 1/31
Turn your paper in before 1/27, 10 points
Oral Presentation, 25 pts, Due Monday, 1/31
Oral Presentation of Research Paper
15 pts if you read your paper in front of the class
20 pts if you read your paper and have a presentation about your cancer
25 pts if you read your paper, have a presentation, and include additional information not
included in your paper about your topic
–Have the order of your questions arranged.
–Bring a paper and pen. A tape recorder may be helpful also.
Be polite and mature!
–Schedule a time to meet or talk with person. Be sure to be on time.
–Be sure to let the person know why you want to talk to them.
–Make eye contact when talking with the person
–Once your interview is done, be sure to thank the person for speaking to you.
–Immediately after you finish the interview, take 30 minutes and organize your notes.
Write down as much as you can remember about the interview immediately after the
interview is conducted.
1. How has this experience changed your outlook on life?
2. What is/was the hardest aspect of the entire process?
3. What advice would you give to a person who is going through what you went/are
Double-space your written rough draft
Proofreaders must make comments in the margins or on a separate piece of paper.
Use a different color ink that stands out on the paper.
Remember that NO first draft is perfect. There is always room for improvement.