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Research Lesson 1

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Sample Statistic Look at the first statistic box. Here are ways one can word the stats from that box: According to TIME Magazine’s 2010 survey, 46 percent of unmarried people want to get married eventually (Luscombe 51) According to TIME Magazine’s 2010 survey, 54 percent of unmarried people don’t necessarily want to marry (Luscombe 51).

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Research Lesson 1: Step 1 Read the statistics. Read the statistics. Write a one-sentence conclusion based on a pattern you see in the statistics. Write a one-sentence conclusion based on a pattern you see in the statistics. Note that a pattern should include at least three statistics. Note that a pattern should include at least three statistics.

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Research Lesson 1: Step 2 Now, write a paragraph explaining how the statistics prove your point. If it helps you, you can use this formula: TS – the one sentence conclusion you wrote. CD – Statistic #1 (Luscombe 49). CM – Why that Statistic proves your point CD – Statistic #2 (Luscombe 49). CM – How Statistic 2 relates to 1 and continues to prove your point. CD – Statistic #3 (Luscombe 49). CM – How Statistic 3 relates to 1 & 2 and continues to prove your point. CS – What are implications for the conclusion you’ve drawn about the statistic… for our society, for our future, etc.

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Step 3: Add a Works Cited at the end of your paragraph Work Cited Luscombe, Belinda. “Who Needs Marriage? A Changing Institution.” Time. November 18, p

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Research Lesson 1: Step 4 1. Exchange paragraphs with others. 2. Read the paragraph given to you. 3. Write a note agreeing/disagreeing with the conclusions drawn and 4. Explain how it compares with what you wrote about 5. Exchange with someone new 6. Read the paragraph given to you and the previous person’s comment. 7. Write something new about the person’s conclusions or writing style and 8. Explain how it compares with what you wrote about

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