The FINAL DRAFT of this first research paper about a related topic to Western Expansion will be due on November 2nd so that they can be read & assessed as one last final marking period grade for Writing.
This information will be covered in class tomorrow but what I am looking for is as follows. The goal is to present this essay in the form of a book w/ chapters, etc.
Title Page– title of the book, name of the author, and any other creative illustrations you wish to add to make your paper *POP*. As has been said in class many times, if you judge a book by its cover than you are missing out on potentially amazing stories. We want our readers eyes to light up when they see “our books” for the first time. It’s possible we will even present them to the 3rd or 4th grade classes so please do your best work! Use the in-class library to get ideas based off how other author’s and editor’s set up their novels.
Table of Contents– lists the chapters and pages numbers where you will find information about your subtopics.
Illustrations, maps, timelines, other images, ANY form of media that relates to the writing should be included and placed on the cover page, between paragraphs, or in other appropriate spots that you prefer.
In-Text CITATIONS– we haven’t taught this concept yet so right now we will go with the basics. Please just list ONE BOOK and ONE WEBSITE that you used. If you used more than you can go ahead and list them all but it is not required.
Also, PARENTS, if you are proofreading your child’s work, please read it with a close eye as I have caught more than a few students literally copying information section by section off websites and passing it off as their own work without any citation. They know exactly what plagiarism is and what it is not. If they want to use a few sentences from an author who simply said it best than you MUST PUT THE NAME OF THE AUTHOR AND THE PAGE NUMBER the information was on IN QUOTATIONS as follows.
EXAMPLE: “Jesse James was the leader of the James-Younger gang (Robinson, pg. 57).”
Websites are done a bit differently. Instead of putting a page number, simply writing the author’s name in parentheses is okay. There is also another way to do this but right now we will keep it simple.
EXAMPLE. – Bank robbers didn’t just steal from banks, they also robbed trains as well since they did not want these companies taking their land away just so a railroad could run through their land and grazing fields (Samson).
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR PAPER TO THE NEXT LEVEL (this will be taught before we begin our essay about Ancient Egypt)
IF YOUR CHILD KNOWS THE WEBSITE(S) AND BOOK(S) THEY USED FOR THEIR RESEARCH than you can do the following below. If you don’t have the information mentioned above available than simply giving me the website and author of the book that you used will be accepted this time.
Lastly, this website… http://www.citationmachine.net/mla/cite-a-book should be bookmarked at home as it allows students to create their BIBLIOGRAPHIES step by step so as to avoid any confusion. It covers a variety of things including books and websites so there shouldn’t be any issues
The rest of this week will be writing, writing, writing. Research should be close to completion if not already done. While the kids have time in class there are still 6 or 7 students that have less than a paragraph and done basically no research. Please stay on top of your child’s work each and every evening so we can ensure they are putting in the time and effort at home.
I will add more to this post after school tomorrow….some more information and a couple of handouts related to the information above, maybe one or two graphic organizers/notes along with samples of what other students have done in other schools and classes across the country.