THE RESEARCH PAPER
(To be used in conjunction with the assessment developed for Standard 5B.J)
Performance Standard 5A.J
Each student will complete a research paper which follows the conventions of the selected format (e.g. MLA, APA,
Chicago Manual of Style). The student will survey a subject, select a topic, narrow the focus to a specific set of
questions to answer, and conduct research to find the information needed to answer the research questions. The
student will write a research paper using the information accordingly:
• Developing research design/questions: develop the central research question; answer the central research
question in the report thesis; develop answers to the central research question through supporting questions;
answer the supporting questions in the outline of body paragraphs.0
• Developing research technique: locate sources of information; document each source; paraphrase or quote
• Developing documentation format: include required information in works cited/bibliography entries; use
correct format parenthetical notation in the report; follow the proper format and placement in the text.
• Integrating sources: use proper introductions and explanations for included information; support both the
topic sentence of the paragraph and the thesis of the report with the included information.
1. In order to locate, organize, and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems
and communicate ideas (5A), students should experience sufficient learning opportunities to develop the
• Survey a subject and select a topic.
• Distinguish among kinds of data needed to solve a problem, present possible solutions, or extend
information about a topic or problem (e.g., fact/opinion, example/evidence).
• Evaluate a number of informational sources for relevancy and accuracy.
• Develop, collect, and analyze various kinds of information related to a topic.
• Organize information for a presentation.
2. Have students review and discuss the assessment task and how the rubric will be used to evaluate their work.
3. The student will be familiar with techniques for gathering and evaluating information.
4. The student will have completed an orientation to available resources and technology.
5. The student will be familiar with ways to formulate research questions.
6. The student will be familiar with the purposes for writing (e.g., persuasion, cause/effect, argumentation).
7. The student will be familiar with a standard format for documentation (e.g., MLA, APA).
8. Prepare a set of research topics from which research assignments will be generated. (Note: The teacher may
brainstorm research topics with the class)
9. Each student will receive an assignment to research a question, problem or situation that requires an action or
10. Using available resources, the student will develop research questions to guide inquiry, answer the questions by
researching the subject, and record his/her findings using an appropriate system for recording and documenting
11. Once the research is complete, the student will write a research paper to answer the question, solve the problem
or communicate the results of his/her inquiry, according to the requirements of the assignment.
12. Evaluate each student’s performance using the rubric. Add each student’s scores to determine the performance
Examples of Student Work follow Resources
• Copies of the documentation format
• Available technology for researching sources and
writing the report
Time Requirements • A guide to available resources in the school or
• Five to six weeks community (optional)
• Actual class time required should be no more • Research Rubric
than ten to twelve class periods, spaced to
accommodate the teaching of the steps in the
THE RESEARCH PAPER
NAME _______________________________________________ DATE _______________________________
Exceeds 15 - 16 total points Approaches 7 - 10 total points
Meets 11 - 14 total points Begins 4 - 6 total points
Research Process Research Paper
Research Design/Questions Research Technique Documentation Format Integration of sources
4 • Central research question is • Student locates eight • All Works Cited/ • All information is
clearly worded; the report or more sources of Bibliography entries inserted in the report
thesis clearly and accurately information consistently contain with proper
answers the central research • Student records all required information. introductions and
question. necessary information • Consistently uses explanations.
• Supporting questions to properly document correct format. • All information
develop answers to the central each source. • Parenthetical notation in supports both the topic
research question. • All supporting the report follows the sentence of the
• Outline of body paragraphs Information is properly proper format and paragraph and the
clearly and accurately answer paraphrased or quoted placement in the text. thesis of the report.
the supporting questions. directly.
3 • Central research question is • Student locates six • Works Cited/ • Most information is
clearly worded; the thesis can or seven sources of Bibliography entries usually inserted in the report
be developed from the information. contain required with proper
question with some minor • Student usually information. Some minor introductions and
revision/editing. records necessary information may be missing explanations.
• Supporting questions information for proper or inaccurate. • Most information
usually develop answers to the documentation of each • Usually uses correct supports both the topic
central research question. One source. format. sentence of the
question may not develop a • Supporting • Parenthetical notation in paragraph and the
necessary supporting point. information is usually the report usually follows thesis of the report.
• Outline usually answers the paraphrased or quoted correct format and
supporting questions. properly. placement in the text.
2 • Central research question is • Student locates three • Works Cited/ • Some information
not clearly worded; thesis to five sources of Bibliography entries is inserted in the report
sentence is developed from the information. occasionally contain some with proper
question only with • Student records required information. Some introductions and
considerable revision/editing. some necessary significant information may explanations.
• Supporting questions information for proper be missing or inaccurate. • Some information
develop some of the answers documentation of the • Occasionally uses does not support the
to the central research source. correct format. topic sentence of the
question. • Supporting • Some parenthetical paragraph or the thesis
• Outline may not answer all information may be notations in the report of the report.
supporting questions. inaccurately contain erroneous
paraphrased or quoted. information or cite the
1 • Central research question is • Student locates no to • Works Cited/ • Little or no
vaguely worded or absent. two sources of Bibliography entries contain information is inserted
• Supporting questions may information. little or no required in the report with
develop one or none of the • Student records little information. Some proper introductions
answers to the central research or no necessary significant information may and explanations, OR
question. OR supporting information for proper be missing or inaccurate. Information is absent.
questions absent. documentation of the • Seldom or never uses • Little or no
• Outline does not answer source. correct format. information supports
supporting questions. • Supporting • Parenthetical notations the topic sentence of
information is recorded in the report are misplaced, the paragraph or the
inaccurately, OR contain information errors, thesis, OR support is
supporting information or are absent. unclear or missing.
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