Author:
INFOhio Central
Subject:
Information, Media and Technological Literacy, Communication, Arts and Communication, English Language Arts, Writing, Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Material Type:
Lesson, Module
Level:
High School
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
Provider:
INFOhio
Tags:
  • Apa
  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Mla
  • Research
  • Research Paper
  • Research Process
  • Research Skills
  • Thesis Statement
  • Works Cited
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML, Video

    Learn How to Share Information

    Learn How to Share Information

    Overview

    Students learn how to develop a thesis statement and use citations. 

    Introduction

    Teacher Tip

    Read Penny Kittle's article Teaching the Writer's Craft published in ASCD. Think about ways you can incorporate writing in the learning process to teach students the skills needed to produce a research paper. As your students work to produce a research paper, how will you assist them?

     

    There are lots of ways you can share information. You could create a poster, give a speech, make a video, create a presentation, or write a research paper. Before you begin, make sure you understand the requirements for your project. Understanding what is required of you will help inform your final product. 

     

    Learn How to Understand Your Assignment

    In school, on the job, or when volunteering, make sure you understand what is needed before you begin a project to share your new knowledge. 

    webpageRead Understanding Writing Assignments attached below from OWL Purdue for how to decipher your project assignment from your teacher. Determine how you will share the information you've gathered with your audience. 

    Learn How to Write a Thesis Statement

    Focus on your project by creating a thesis statement. Your thesis statement should address the essential question that guided your research. 

    readRead Thesis Statements: The Bad and the Better attached below. Then, start drafting the thesis statement for your research paper or project. Use the Thesis Statement Creator attached below to help you draft your thesis statement. 

    Learn How to Write an Introduction

    Whether you are writing a research paper or giving a presentation, never underestimate the power of a great introduction. Learn how to hook your audience with the video The Power of a Great Introduction by Carolyn Mohr from TEDEd. 

    videoWatch the video about the importance of writing a great introduction. 

    The Power of a Great Introduction

    Learn How to Incorporate Evidence

    In general, 2/3 of the words in your research paper or project should be your own words. But how do you incorporate your voice and cite evidence from your sources? Learn how to use the Hamburger Technique to blend your evidence with your own thoughts and ideas to create a satisfying research paper or project. 

    graphic organizerReview the Hamburger Technique from Tacoma Community College to help you learn how to use quotes in your writing. Download the graphic organizer attached below to help you document and cite your sources. 

    The Hamburger Technique

     

    Learn How to Format In-Text Citations

    Teacher Tip

    Work with your school librarian to learn about tools available to assist with writing a research paper. Learn about the ways to use tools available in your district or freely available online. This article, by Margaux Del Guidece, The Role of the School Librarian in the Research Process discusses ways teachers and school librarians work together to increase research and writing skills. 

    In-text citations or parenthetical citations allow you to refer to the author of the work you are using in your research paper or project. 

    videoAsk your teacher if you are expected to use MLA or APA for formatting your research paper and sources. Then select the correct video from OWL Purdue and Humber Libraries below. Use the video to learn how to include in-text citations in your research paper or project.

    MLA Style: In-Text Citations
    APA 7th in Minutes: In-Text Citations

     

    Learn How to Write a Conclusion

    Save the best for last! Ending with a strong conclusion that summarizes your main points and leaves your audience with something to think about can bring a confident ending to your paper or project. 

    readRead the article, Writing a Conclusion, attached below and learn how to end your paper or project with a strong final impression.