Writing A Research Question

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  • 1. What Makes a Good Research Paper Mr. Kinney’s Science Class
  • 2. Today’s Agenda Looking at strategies to plan a good research paper. Brainstorming key words and questions for your research. Looking at your first and second source for answers to those questions.
  • 3. Warning! Bring me your textbooks or $40. Otherwise you’re not going on the trip or anything else that’s nice.
  • 4. Creating a Research Plan A good eighth-grade research project is going to need a plan. Without a plan, you’re research will lack structure. Trust me, having a research plan will make your life easier. Having a specific research question keeps you from wasting time and doing extra work.
  • 5. What are the key words for your topic? Look through the textbook chapter for bold terms. Brainstorm (using a mind map or other organizer).
  • 6. Brainstorm: Key Questions Use a table with the quot;question wordsquot; (why, how, who, what, when, where) to generate research questions from your keywords. Don’t stress out, I have a sheet to guide you in this process.
  • 7. Key Question Examples What is the difference between a series and parallel circuit? When does a plant grow the most, during the day or night? Where is the focal point of a lens? How does a java applet work? Does a truss make a bridge stronger? Why are moths attracted to light? Which cleaning products kill the most bacteria?
  • 8. Throw Out the Garbage You’re brainstorming; it doesn’t have to be perfect. Go for quantity, not quality. The more ideas you have, the better. Then throw out anything that doesn’t work.
  • 9. Background Information You should also plan to do background research on the history of similar experiments or inventions. Ask other people (friends, parents, other teachers, me) what they know about the topic.
  • 10. What I need to see by the end of the period. I will be checking your worksheet. I’m looking for at least three good research questions. If we conference and you’re research question is good, you can continue researching.