The following paper was written by my son Caleb when he was a Senior in High School. I’m posting it because some of my student’s (and their parents) wanted an example of a research essay. Just a note, when I moved it over from my documents, it messed with the layout some and I’ve chosen not to go back and re-space things.
This paper involved a great deal of research before the writing began. but the actual writing was done in a few days. Here are some things students should be aware of. This was a historical paper so the pointers I will give below are specific to that genre.
- Give a strong opening.
- Vary sentence structure.
- Pay attention to word choices choosing concise, clear words.
- Avoid starting sentences with ‘This’ which is weak, instead restate what you are referring back to in a strong way.
- Make sure when you use pronouns, that it is clear what they refer back to.
- Provide more than one point of view, or examine several sides of the issue.
- Place your topic in historical context…what led up to the events.
- Stick to one cohesive idea within each paragraph and provide transitions to the next.
- Provide analysis and original thinking.
- Tie your ending into your intro. to provide continuity.
- Proofread your paper for grammatical and spelling errors
- Have someone else proofread your paper and provide feedback, not just on making corrections, but on anything that is unclear.
- The presentation of facts and ideas should flow in a logical sequence.
- Explain or define unfamiliar vocabulary or references.
To view the paper click here.