September 14, 15, 16, 17, 20

WEEK FOUR: Day Five and WEEK FIVE: Days One, Two, Three, Four

Unit Theme:

Analyzing and synthesizing information from a variety of reliable sources, the student will prepare a research paper that is focused, organized, and polished.

Unit Skill:

True research requires the researcher to analyze and synthesize information from a variety of reliable sources.

Unit Essential Questions:

How can I develop my topic statement to reflect my purpose?

How does a thesis drive a research paper?


A. Students, having begun to make source cards for whatever sources he/she will use for information, and having read "Compiling a Working Bibliography," Section 1.5, pages 31 - 33, will begin now to compile a working bibliography.

B. The teacher will present three PowerPoint presentations ("From Topic to Thesis," "The Tentative Thesis," and "Refining the Thesis Statement") and then work with students individually to focus topics and write thesis statements. Text references are pages 42 - 43.

C. The teacher will present a PowerPoint presentation ("Source Cards and Note Cards") and then work with students individually to prepare one source card and one notecard. Text references are pages 31 - 33 and pages 38 - 40.

D. HOMEWORK: Students should spend at least four hours in research (i.e., reading or exploring the library) during the next three days.