Scaffolding Methods for Research Paper Writing

Rome wasn't built in a day, but researchers can be with proper scaffolding. This writing unit has scholars write a research paper through scaffolding of various parts of the process. Learners begin with identifying a topic and crafting a research question. Then, they complete a literature review

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Instructional Ideas

  • While pupils work on their research papers, consider building in checkpoints to review sections of the Research Paper Scaffold to formatively provide feedback before the final due date
  • Before submitting papers, have writers review a sample research paper collaboratively to express expectations and reflection of their own work
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider having individuals type their Research Paper Scaffold and save it electronically; many students may misplace their scaffolds
  • Perhaps use the Ask Three Then Me strategy for questions about the paper, so you can focus on visiting with all writers instead of fielding questions during the work period
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  • Unit plan contains an optional permission form template for teachers to parents explaining the project, due dates, and expectations
  • Lesson plans affords flexibility according to your class' needs, such as the option of building in a research project day
  • Research paper scaffold streamlines writing process

  • Resource does not provide a scoring guide for literature review