Research Paper

Written Report


Next, you will write your paper using your outline as a guide.  This needs to be a well written five paragraph essay with a minimum length of two pages.  Submit this in Canvas by 12/21.  This will only be accepted through Canvas with one exception: if you are not able to do it on a computer, you may write it out by hand and turn it in on paper.  If you don't know how to turn it in through Canvas, check these instructions: https://guides.instructure.com/m/4212/l/344077-how-do-i-upload-a-file-from-google-drive-as-an-assignment-submission-in-canvas or make sure you ask for help at least 24 hours before it's due.


Make sure you use MLA format throughout your paper.  Make a copy of this template and replace my instructions with your own information to simplify your formatting.  Include all of the sources you found on your research facts in the works cited page and cite them throughout your paper, put the author's last name in parentheses after using information you found from them.  Stay away from using websites as sources unless they are articles, encyclopedias, primary source material, or books which have been published and have a listed author.  Do not use Wikipedia, history.com, biography.com or similar sites as sources.  You may include direct quotes in your paper as long as you put them in quotation marks and cite your source, but these may not make up more than 20% of your paper.  Write everything in your own words.  Any copying and pasting other than in quotes as just described is considered plagiarism and just like cheating on a test, will give you a zero that cannot be made up.




Rubric for written paper


Points

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Information

Less than 25% of presented information is concise, original, accurate and applies to the given topic


25-50% of presented information is concise, original, accurate and applies to the given topic


50-75% of presented information is concise, original, accurate and applies to the given topic


75-90% of presented information is concise, original, accurate and applies to the given topic

90% or more of the presented information is concise, original (no plagiarism), accurate and applies to the given topic.



Introduction, Thesis and Conclusion

No separate Introduction and ConclusionPresent, but ideas are not clearConclusion and Introduction simply restate the same topic sentenceSummarizes the paragraph and reinforces the main idea without restating the topic sentence.The writer's position is clearly understood while strongly reinforcing the main idea.



Primary Sources


No primary source quotes are included.

One primary source is included, but not tied to your topic.

One primary source is included and explained and you had a topic after 1700 that needed two.

Half of your required primary sources are explained well and cited correctly in the text.

The required number (1 or 2) primary sources are included, integrated into the thesis, and cited correctly in the text.





Sources

No sources are identified.

At least one type of credible (listed author etc.) sources is used.

At least two different types of credible (listed author etc.) sources are used.

Used at least three different types of credible secondary sources (books, encyclopedias, periodicals, websites). Each is cited correctly in the text.



Used at least five credible secondary sources of three + types (books, encyclopedias, periodicals, websites). Each is cited correctly in the text.

Conventions

Writer makes multiple errors that are distracting and make the paper unreadable

Writer makes multiple errors, but leaves the paper readable.

Writer makes a few distracting errors.

Writer makes no errors of grammar and spelling that distract the reader from the content.

No more than one or two minor errors