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  • 1. Lynch 1<br />The Fabulous Final Project!<br />The Written Report<br />Now that you’ve completed your Data Chart research and Outline, you will use that outline to create a well-written, perfectly-spelled, grammatically correct final paper on the topic you have researched. Type it using 2.0 spacing. Put your last name and page number in the top right corner of each page (see my example above).<br />Introduction<br />FIRST, you must write an INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH. You must start with a general sentence and become more specific until you reach the closing sentence of this Introductory Paragraph. Start your paper with a catchy opening about the topic that you then move forward from. Here are some examples:<br />Begin with a quotation. Just make sure you explain its relevance<br />Begin with a question<br />Begin with an acknowledgment of an opinion opposite to the one you plan to take<br />Begin with a very short narrative or anecdote that has a direct bearing on your paper<br />Begin with an interesting fact<br />Begin with a definition or explanation of a term relevant to your paper<br />Begin with an analogy. Make sure it's original but not too far-fetched<br />Here is an actual example from my own 6th grade research paper introduction on tigers for science class:<br />Tyger Tyger, burning bright,In the forests of the night :What immortal hand or eye,Could frame thy fearful symmetry?<br />~ William Blake<br />Tigers are magnificent animals that have inspired many, like William Blake, throughout history with their nobility….<br />Then move from there to continue introducing the topic, be it tigers, or WWII aircraft, or whatever you have chosen! End the Introduction with a Thesis Statement.<br />Try it: What are the ideas – IN ORDER FROM GENERAL TO SPECIFIC – that you would like to put in the introduction?<br />1.____________________________________________________________________________<br />2.____________________________________________________________________________<br />3.____________________________________________________________________________<br />4.____________________________________________________________________________<br />5.____________________________________________________________________________<br />6.____________________________________________________________________________<br />Thesis Statement<br />       The thesis statement is the main focus of the paper boiled down to one concise statement.  Major topics to be discussed should be mentioned in this statement.<br />Example:  The thesis statement is underlined here to be visible.  Do not underline it in your paper.<br />       Every year, thousands of people travel from all over the world to Paris, to see the many attractions that can be found there.  The city of romance has an irresistible draw to visitors.  It is famous for its elegant dining in both the old community and the new, more contemporary part of the city.  However, there are a few places in Paris that no wise visitor leaves without seeing.  Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre are three of the tourist attractions that are exciting to the world.<br />Try it: What is a thesis statement you think might work for the topic you’ve chosen?<br />______________________________________________________________________________<br />Body<br />NEXT, each of your categories from the outline will become at least one paragraph in the body of the paper. So your paper will have at least as many paragraphs as categories, though some may need to be broken into more and smaller paragraphs. Be sure you use good transition sentences in between so your paper flows smoothly from paragraph to paragraph.<br />Try it: What are the topics for each of your paragraphs based on your outline?<br />1.____________________________________________________________________________<br />2.____________________________________________________________________________<br />3.____________________________________________________________________________<br />4.____________________________________________________________________________<br />5.____________________________________________________________________________<br />6.____________________________________________________________________________<br />Conclusion<br />THEN, write a CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH. Just as in a closing sentence, refer back to your introduction and give a synopsis of your categories. Then end with a final summary closing sentence. The only time it is okay to give a summative opinion is in the final sentence of your closing paragraph. Previous to that time, personal pronouns MAY NOT be used in a research paper. Here is an example from the paper on Paris above:<br />        Three of the world’s most exciting attractions, Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre are located in Paris.  In order to view each site, visitors see both the old and new sections of the city, where they may sample the famous French cuisine.  Therefore, it is no surprise that the city of romance continues to attract visitors from around the world.<br />Try it: What are the ideas – IN ORDER FROM SPECIFIC THESIS TO GENERAL CLOSING – that you would like to put in the conclusion?<br />1.____________________________________________________________________________<br />2.____________________________________________________________________________<br />3.____________________________________________________________________________<br />4.____________________________________________________________________________<br />5.____________________________________________________________________________<br />6.____________________________________________________________________________<br />* Here is an example of how to turn your outline into several paragraphs using a baseball example:<br />Baseball is born.<br />Rounders <br />Rounders originated in England in the 1600s. <br />There were differences between rounders and baseball. <br />The Abner Doubleday theory <br />Many people think Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839. <br />Doubleday's friend, Graves, claimed he was a witness. <br />A commission credited Doubleday with inventing the game. <br />Historians say that theory is bogus. <br />Baseball becomes popular <br />Interest in baseball soared after 1900. <br />It became kids' favorite warm-weather sport. <br />Crowds followed pennant races and World Series. <br />Star players become national heroes. <br />It became known as " the national pastime." <br />Quote from philosopher Jacques Barzun: " Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." <br />The Babe Ruth era <br />Babe Ruth joined the NY Yankees in 1920 <br />He played outfield. <br />He hit more and longer home runs than anyone before. <br />Other heroes <br />Lou Gehrig. <br />Rogers Hornsby. <br />Radio stations begin broadcasting games. <br />
    • Play-by-play accounts reached millions of people.
    Can you imagine a time when baseball was not our National Pastime? Believe it or not, that time was not too long ago. The first version of baseball to be created was called Rounders, which had quite a few differences from modern baseball. Many believe that Abner Doubleday was the first person to invent what is now known as baseball, with his friend Graves as a witness. Today, many historians believe that account to be untrue. Yet the history of baseball’s development from new game to National Pastime is colorful and interesting nonetheless.<br />After 1900, interest really began to sore in this game called baseball. It became the favorite warm-weather sport for kids everywhere. Crowds began to follow pennant races and the World Series. Star players became national heroes. How did this happen? In a word, it was Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth joined the New York Yankees in 1920. He played outfield and hit more and longer homeruns than any player had before. It was thrilling to watch him play, and interest in the game grew. Other heroes who came along in that time were Lou Gehrig and Rogers Hornsby. Once radio stations began broadcasting the games of these players, there was no stopping the rise in baseball’s popularity. It was a phenomenon.<br />Conclusion<br />∙Bibliography page (the librarians will help)<br />∙Save to Jump and H drives<br />∙Read paper aloud to parent and have them sign Read Aloud Form<br />∙Turn in signed Read Aloud Form by Friday 4/30<br />∙Edit paper<br />∙Print paper with correct headings and cover page.<br />∙Turn in final draft to Mrs. Lynch by Monday 5/3<br />WHAT YOUR PAPER WILL INCLUDE:<br />
    • Introductory Paragraph
    • 2. One paragraph (at least) for EACH category
    • 3. Concluding Paragraph
    • 4. Bibliography Page (separate page stapled to back of paper)