Writing a research paper can be a daunting task. As students progress through school, this task takes on a new role in their studies, growing from an exercise in research to a persuasive tool.
Moreover, in this electronic world, plagiarism has become as difficult to define as it is to detect. Students need a comprehensive understanding of the root problems involved with plagiarism and how it damages us personally and as a society.
Students will learn to carefully choose a topic, gather information, create a logical structure, present their research with proper attribution, proofread and revise their draft, and properly document their references.
This is a hands-on, working class where students will present and revise their papers at each step with help from fellow classmates and the teacher. Our webinars will follow a three-fold cycle for each step:
- Week A Webinar – Instruction in one step of writing a research paper
- Week B Webinar – Students share their personal progress and turn in their assignment
- Week C Webinar – Each student meets one-on-one with the teacher to discuss their assignment
The information we cover includes:
- Reference Material
- Incorporating Reference Material
- APA Style
- Peer Review
- Final Draft
Note from “Prof.” Deborah:
Writing is a process with several distinct stages, and I believe that much of the confusion and disinterest students (and adults!) feel about writing comes from teachers’ lack of involvement at each of those stages. Writing needs to be a conversation between student and teacher. Like navigating on the open sea, a degree or two change can make a huge difference in the destination. If I can help students make necessary course corrections along the way, they will be so much more confident in both their ability and their final product. So I spend quite a bit of time steering students’ essays from prewriting to drafting to revising/proofreading.
Note to parents:
- Students must have access to electronic (Internet websites, electronic references) and physical (library, reference books, etc.) research tools to fully explore this task.
Enrollment in this class unlocks Athena’s Academic Writing Resources Room packed full of academic writing resources and information as well as one-on-one help.
- This course is one of Athena’s Upper Level Language Arts courses. Click for more information.