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Yes, Writing a Research Paper Can Be Fun

Everything about the research paper teaching and writing process seems synonymous with dread. But the Common Core State Standards say students have to write at least one 8-10 page research paper during their academic career, not to mention the fact students will have to write more than one if they go on to college. Students must learn the tools necessary to write a quality research paper, and this collection provides some creative ways to dissolve the feeling of dread for everyone involved.
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Yes, Writing a Research Paper Can Be Fun
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    Megan McClure says:
    Although intended for college students, I think this is a stellar infographic to show your high schoolers with the aim of helping them create a solid research question to explore in their research paper.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Students are generally not thrilled when they hear those two little words of research and paper. Teachers, for their part, shudder, as well. There's the stress of teaching kids something they have to learn but have zero desire to do so, in addition to worrying about that other dreaded word: plagiarism. In this article, one teacher shares her plight and offers more creative ways students can use to write the dreaded research paper.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This unit plan of seven or eight lessons walks students step-by-step through the researching and research paper writing process. Intended for sixth through eighth graders, the unit includes a number of resources, icnluding among them a wonderful research topic template.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Researching Made Easy has a target audience of high school seniors. Students are moved through the research paper writing process from picking a topic through to writing the final draft with the goal of preparing them for writing similar papers once they reach college.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Writer and educator, David Somoza appeals to his students sense of adventure to get them excited about writing a research paper. Somoza uses books by adventure and travel writer, Peter Lourie, to exhibit how the research process can be fun.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This article, featured on Lifehack, offers a number of useful and insightful tips to help students create a research paper that doesn't stink and might even be a little bit fun to write.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Educator Alejandro S. Bernardo provides a number of truly fun activities to engage students in the research paper writing process from learning paraphrasing to distinguishing between informal and formal language. The activities Bernardo details may be particularly useful to ELLs, and the Library Hunt activity is a great way to help all students learn how to research without the use of technology.
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BloomBoard Asks:In what ways do you try and make teaching the research paper writing process creative and fun?