Research Paper Graphic Organizers

This set of graphic organizers assists students in writing a five paragraph persuasive essay or research paper in which students utilize texts, whether primary, secondary, or literary texts or literary criticism to prove an argument.   By completing the set of organizers, students will wind up with what is essentially a rough draft that can then be typed up and revised as a final draft of research paper.

The organizer helps students form an argument, and then structure the research paper in a coherent and sophisticated manner. 

Note that the organizer makes ample use of “sentence starters” and prompts, in order to guide students most easily towards accomplishing each task. The heavy amount of scaffolding is intentionally included in the organizer not to enforce conformity and uniformity across all students, but rather to support students’ own creativity by helping them to develop and express nuanced ideas.

In order to write sophisticated research papers, students should take a nuanced approach to historical and literary issues, rather than asking them to completely take one side of an issue or another (see Common Core Standard 9.10.1a).  This means that students must be able to argue both points and a counter-points relating to a specific argument.

To help students approach historical or literary issues from multiple perspectives, questions should whenever possible be rephrased in the “to what extent?” format.  Asking “to what extent” questions forces students to take a nuanced approach to answering the question.

Once students have acquired these formal writing skills, they will be easily able to transfer them to future classwork as well as the types of writing done on standardized assessments.

Examples of to what extent questions:

  • To what extent was the Civil War caused by economic factors?
  • To what extent is Jane Eyre a feminist novel?
  • To what extent did barbarian invasions lead to the fall of Rome?
  • To what extent should the style and symbolism of two works of Renaissance art of your choice be considered similar and different? (Compare and Contrast question)
  • To what extent should the Neolithic period be considered a “turning point?”

Requirements of research paper

Five paragraphs, including an introductory paragraph, conclusion paragraph, and three body paragraphs supported by 6 pieces of evidence.

How students should complete this organizer and enclosed workshops

Wherever possible, students should work through the entire organizer in class.  This may mean taking 4 – 6 days of class time to help guide students through the research paper writing process.  While this may seem counterproductive to take “class time” away from teaching content, guided practice of these types of activities in the classroom, away from distractions outside of school, are critical to student acquisition of these skills.

Sample Schedule for completing enclosed organizer and workshops

Writing Workshop Day 1


Students begin Step One: “Thesis Statement Brainstorm,” and finish for homework.
Writing Workshop Day 2


Students complete Step Two: “Thesis statement,” using one of the templates and receive teacher approval.
Writing Workshop Day 3 Students complete Step Three: “Topic Sentences.”
Writing Workshop Days 4 – 6 Students complete Steps Four and Five: “Evidence Workshop” and “Research Paper Graphic Organizer.”

The Language of Culture Research Paper Rubric

Purpose of Research Paper: To Inform

Point of View: Third Person

For this assignment you will each be researching a specific country’s unique cultural element.  This paper will further our understanding of different cultures.  We all make individual contributions to the world, thus we should enjoy each other’s diversity. There are cultural “crowds” where we can maintain our identity and also celebrate the creation of new “crowds.”

  1. Pick a country that interests you, other than the US, from the list below:



Argentina                             Afghanistan                              Anguilla

Australia                                 Belgium                                Botswana

Cambodia                                 China                                      Cuba

Dominican Republic                         Egypt                                    England

Finland                                    France                                 Germany

Greece                                    Guam                                       Haiti

India                                        Iraq                                      Ireland

Israel                                        Italy                                       Japan

Kazakhstan                           North Korea                          South Korea

Kenya                                      Libya                                Madagascar

Maldives                                  Mexico                                   Norway

Palestine                                    Peru                                       Russia

Rwanda                                 Scotland                             South Africa

Sudan                                 Switzerland                               Thailand

Turkey                                 Venezuela                               Vietnam

Whales                                   Yemen                                Zimbabwe


  1. Which of the following cultural elements would you like to research about your country? Choose ONE of the following to briefly research now:
  • What is the socioeconomic status of your country?
    • Salaries?
    • Farmland?
    • People per square mile?
    • Poverty numbers?
    • Education offered?
    • Death rate?
  • What is the climate of your country?
    • Natural Disasters?
    • How do people live, eat, work, dress due to the climate?
    • What do homes/buildings look like?
    • What is the typical dress/fashion?
  • What are the popular pastimes of your country?
    • Sports?
    • Art?
    • Hobbies?
  • What is the status of health and nutrition in your country?
    • Specific foods?
    • Diseases?
    • Poverty rate?
    • Geographic location for farming?
  • What are the common traditions/customs of your country?
    • Celebrations?
    • Food?
    • Language spoken?
    • Origins (where did the tradition start and why)?
  • What are the popular religions practiced in your country?
    • Common practices?
    • Beliefs?
    • Traditions?
    • Roles of men vs. women?
  • What are the historical events/current events that have occurred in your country?
    • How does this event still affect the country?
    • What is the source of the issue?
  1. Why is _______ so important to the culture of ________?

(cultural                                                 (your country)



Cultural Research Paper Rubric

Learning Target Score

o   I have clearly defined my claim and identified what information I need to search for.

o   I can cite a minimum of four sources from SHHS library databases and show how they support my thesis. (ABSOULTELY no Google, Yahoo, or Wikipedia, these are not authenticated sources)

o   I have evaluated my resources for Credibility, Accuracy, Relevance, and Support (CARS).













o   I can write a focused essay with a narrow, developed thesis.

o   My entire essay works to thoroughly to defend my claim.  It addresses background information, my position, and why the topic is important to a specific country’s culture.









o   I can structure my essay into multiple paragraphs that transition logically to develop my thesis





o   I can write in an academic voice in order to maintain credibility and convey an attitude that is appropriate for my audience.





o   I can capitalize, punctuate, and cite correctly on my final draft to communicate clearly to my reader






This is a Mandatory assignment because it is part of the school wide 12th grade curriculum.  If there is failure to turn in the Research Paper, you will NOT be able to pass English 12.

Intro To Empirical Research Paper Part 2

Once you have completed all the surveys, you need to compile your data and create graphs to show your results. (These are examples of graphs you can can do others, but make sure you have at LEAST 5 separate graphs according to the data you receive)

3A. You can choose what type of graph you want to use, but here are what I want you to graph

Graph Series 1: How many people got each question right or wrong
-these graphs are done for each age range (total of 4 graphs for this series)

Graph Series 2: How many people total (from all ages) got each question right or wrong
-this graph shows all age ranges

Graph Series 3: How many males/females got the questions right/wrong
-this series has 2 graphs..1 for how males did, 1 for how females did

Graph Series 4: How they did on the survey according to their level of education
-this series will change according to the levels of education
-example: if you have 4 with a Masters degree, and 20 with a high school
diploma, you would have two charts…

Graph Series 5: This graph charts how each person felt they did on the survey.

3B. You should have a total of around 5+ graphs. Make sure you label each graph. I would prefer them completed by computer, but feel free to draw them as well. If you draw them, make them neat!

-resources to help create graphs

4. Once you have completed the surveys and graphed your results, you will write a 2 page reflection on the process of creating the survey, surveying the participants, and creating the graphs of your results.

The research paper needs to be:

1. Typed
2. 12 point font
3. Times New Roman
4. 1 inch margins
5. Double spaced
6. Told in 1st person point of view

*It needs to address your views on the project.

Make sure to answer these questions:

What parts did you like?
What part was hardest? Why?
Was it worth the time it took you to do it?
If you could start over, would you do it again?
Did any of your results surprise you? If so, which results?

Intro To Empirical Research Paper

The purpose of this assignment is to introduce students to empirical research methods and write a short research paper based on the findings.

The assignment is:

-completed outside of school

-due _____________________

1. You need to decide whether you want to assess grammar concepts or vocabulary. For grammar, you can ask questions relating to any of grammar concepts we have covered this year. Make sure you include phrases/clause, and type of sentence structures. For vocab, you can pick 10 of the words we went over before Christmas break.

2. You are going to conduct a 10 question survey with 20 participants. The 10 questions need to be written so they can be easily answered vocally and recorded (by you) on paper. You will need these results to create your graphs. Here is an example of both types of surveys.

1. What is a clause?
2. What makes up a complex sentence?
3. How can a semicolon be used in a sentence?

1. Define the word “Placid”
2. Define the word “Opulent.”
3. Define the word “Insipid”

2A. You will need to type out the question (survey) you attach it to your research paper. You can show
the participants the questions, and they can write down their answers if you chose.

2B. You will need to create an information sheet for each person you survey.​ This must be typed and
will include the following information.

A. Date of survey

B. Initials (this is anonymous)

C. Age

D. Gender

E. Occupation

F. Highest level of education achieved

G. How they feel they did on the survey by creating a Likert scale (scale of 1-10: 1=terrible, 10=amazing)

2C. You will have to survey people of different ages for this assignment.

Here is the breakdown of the age ranges:

A. 5x 15-20
B. 5x 21-25
C.5x 26-30
D. 5x 31-35

**each person interviewed must complete an information sheet (2B)

Conspiracy Theory Research Paper

Readers are reminded that things are not what they seem.  In the same way, conspiracy theories – or the solutions to conspiracy theories – are not necessarily what they seem.  This month, you will complete an informative research paper on a conspiracy theory of your choice. Only two people per class can have the same theory, so act fast! When you know what conspiracy theory you want to research, tell me immediately.

The Specifics:

  • MLA format
  • At least three sources
  • Three page minimum, five page maximum (Works Cited NOT included in page count J )
  • All third person
  • All present tense when talking about literature
  • If you don’t have a thesis or topic sentences, expect a tear-stained paper that can’t earn higher than a 50

Due Dates:

  • Research worksheet
  • Outline with complete sentences and research with citations 
  • Final Paper

Paragraph One

  • Explain your conspiracy theory
  • Relate it to the theme – what are the two sides or beliefs of the conspiracy theory? What seems to be real? What appears to be a sham? Please note- this will not be written in first person!!! You will just write an informative sentence or two based on what is widely believed by the public

Paragraph Two (this can be broken up into multiple paragraphs depending on the available information)

  • Pick one side and explain the merits of the argument using PROOF by means of RESEARCH
    • If you do not cite your research, it is plagiarism.

Final Paragraph

Research Paper Editing

  • Check the grammar, check text on plagiarism using popular online services.
  • Read your research paper two-three times, find mistakes, correct them if you need. Maybe, you will decide to rewrite something.
  • Prepare your final paper.

I hope my advice will help you in your learning process! Write quality research papers for better grades!

Research Paper Peer Editing

Read through the paper. Circle your answers and respond when necessary.


  • Does the paper have an effective attention getter? YES/NO
  • Is enough background information provided so that you would understand the topic without much prior knowledge? YES/ NO
  • CIRCLE the paper’s thesis. Does it state the author’s topic and how this topic has/had an effect on something bigger? YES/NO
  • What could be added or taken out of the introduction to make the paper stronger? ____________________________________________________________________________


  • How many body paragraphs does the paper have? _____
  • Should there be more? If so, what sub-topics might strengthen their argument? ____________________________________________________________________________
  • Are there parenthetical (in text) citations? YES / NO
  • Do the citations appear correct? (Do they match the first word/words of the full citation on the works cited page?) YES / NO
  • Is EVERYTHING cited that is not purely the author’s idea? YES/ NO
  • Do they analyze their quotations and paraphrases in order to prove their thesis? YES / NO
  • Tips for strengthening body paragraphs and analysis of topic? ____________________________________________________________________________


  • Does the conclusion wrap up the main points of the paper? YES / NO
  • Does the end of the conclusion leave the reader with a final “push” – why this subject is so important for people to know about, what we can take from it, etc.? YES / NO
  • Suggestions for improving the conclusion: ____________________________________________________________________________


  • Does the paper use I, WE, YOU, US, (1st person words)? YES / NO
    • (If so, cross these out and make a note of it! Paper should be in 3rd person)
  • Are the sources from credible authors/websites? YES / NO
  • Do they have 5 Sources? YES / NO
  • Do the sources appear to be cited correctly? (No URLs, correct use of quotation marks and italics, etc.) YES / NO
  • Is the MLA heading correct? (1 inch margins, last name and page number in top right corner, name, my name, class, and date in upper left hand corner) YES / NO
  • Is the title of the paper interesting? YES/ NO
    • – is this correct? YES/ NO
  • Is the author’s vocabulary sophisticated/advanced? Go through and circle words that you think could be improved. If you can help, think of some suggestions for stronger words and write them next to their words.
  • Are there grammatical errors in the paper? YES / NO (most people will have a few at least).
  • Go through the paper and skim for errors and awkward sentences (a very common error)
  • Help your partner by pointing these out or editing them for corrections if you can.

List a positive thing about this paper.