John Spencer is a passionate educator who has a special gift for tapping into the interests and passions of his students. In this blog post he shares some ideas for making the process of writing a research paper more palatable for students.
Sometimes it is necessary for students to write an entire paper. When that is the case why not opt for them to do an I-Search paper? This allows students to explore their passions and interests, which makes the process much more meaningful and engaging.
The Allegheny College library has compiled an extensive list of alternatives to traditional research papers. It even has ideas for how librarians can help with the process. If you haven't reached out to your school librarian to help with a research project, perhaps this would be an excellent time to do so!
There is much more to this website than initially meets the eye. There are over two dozen ideas for alternatives to lesson plans, why and how you should consider alternative assignments, examples of alternative assignments, and assessment rubrics.
The process of gathering resources and evaluating them is an important part of the research process. This website is based on a college class at the University of Connecticut, but it will work in a secondary classroom as well. There are ideas for completing parts of the research paper without writing the entire paper.
Matt Miller is a rock star teacher who shares some fabulous alternatives to research papers. These projects still have students gather information, evaluate sources, organize and synthesize data, form ideas and cohesive thoughts, create a polished, finished product, and cite where they got their information, but in the end the students have created something that is meaningful and relevant.