Presentation on theme: "Introduction to Research Papers"— Presentation transcript:
1 Introduction to Research Papers The 5Ws and H of Writing Research Papers
2 WHY on earth would I ever research? How would you go about finding a car?How do you plan to look for a job?What is your hobby? How do you know so much about it?What are you thinking of doing after high school? Job? College?
3 WHAT is a research paper? Its basic purpose is to INFORM.It explores a topic and explains it using research gathered about that topic.It takes everything you learned from your research and reports it.
4 WHY write a research paper? To learn more about a topicDevelop a better understandingTo inform others of what you’ve learnedTo explore your worldVideo game researchFashion research
5 WHERE can I find the info for a research paper? Library: books, magazines, journalsOnline: valid web sites, online journalsFor our purposes, web sites must end in .edu, .org, or .govVideosSpeechesPublic recordsPractically ANYWHERE
6 WHO would want to read my research paper? Audience: others interested in your topicConsider audience carefullyGive them more than what they know
7 WHEN should I begin my paper? Only after you have gathered ample information for explaining your topic, and AFTER you:Make note cards of important infoPrewrite or BrainstormOutlineWrite a thesis using your information
8 HOW on earth do I write one of these papers? Not to worry—I’ll show you.PrewritingDraftingRevisingEditingPublishing
9 What about all that MLA business? MLA is a way of acknowledging the information that we use from someone else’s workWe’ll refer to someone else’s work both in our text and on our Works Cited pageWithout BOTH of these, we are plagiarizingText: Maintaining student engagement is a daily challenge teachers face, and cooperating with peers can be a “powerful motivator for young adolescents” (Irvin 57).Works CitedIrvin, Judith L. Reading and the Middle School Student: Strategies to Enhance Literacy. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, Print.
10 Topics “The Devil and Tom Walker” “Young Goodman Brown” “The Raven” Hypocrisy, archetypes, symbolism“Young Goodman Brown”“The Raven”Sound devices, imagery, symbolism, melancholy“The Pit and the Pendulum”Terror/suspense, light/darkness, sensory details, timeMoby DickSymbolism, nature, madness, color