Research Paper Unit (January 23, 2017 - March 20, 2017)


Content Objective:
  • Write a 6-10 page persuasive paper
  • Learn and practice research skills using keywords, general encyclopedia, library catalog One Search, databases and Internet sources. Be able to create project, cite sources, create outline, take notes and share project with teacher in NoodleTools and Google Classroom/docs in complete MLA format.
Language Objective:
  • Write/Type
  • Read
  • Listen
  • Ask questions
Activity - Requirements:
  • 6-10 persuasive paper
  • Includes Works Cited
  • MLA Format: Double-spaced, 12 pt, Times New Roman (see this example at Purdue OWL)
  • Work documented in NoodleTools
  • Paper will be turned in via Google Classroom in Google Docs
  • Include at least 6 sources (from at least 2 databases and 3 types). Databases available from MHS Library, MCC Library, Marshalltown Public Library. No General Encyclopedias accepted.

Timeline (will be adjusted as schedule requires). Instruction will be in classroom unless otherwise noted.

January 23, 2017


  1. Introduction of unit
  2. Thesis statements
  3. Connect to Google Classroom

January 24, 2017

  1. Create and share project in NoodleTools
  2. Brainstorm topic on paper (Keyword Doc Google Classroom)

January 25, 2017 - January 27, 2017
  1. Begin searching General Encyclopedias to help you pick/refine Thesis Statement AND identify keywords (use Library Catalog One Search and focus on Britannica and WorldBook Encyclopedias) - note keywords on Google Doc-Google Classroom
  2. Want to remember this encyclopedia item? Create My List in Library Catalog and place articles in this list.

January 30, 2017

  1. Keywords list due (Google Classroom)
  2. Thesis due (NoodleTools)
  3. Finding Books (MHS Library, IVVCD Library at MCC, Marshalltown Public Library) - Do you have a public library card???
  4. Finding eBooks (MHS, MPL)
  5. Interlibrary Loan - Books
    1. You can request a book be sent to you from another library (you may be charged for postage).
    2. Email Mrs. I with full book citation, How much you are willing to pay (there may be a charge), what class period you are in.
  6. What kind of book is it?
    1. Check the "Show Me" help screen in NoodleTools!
    2. 40 Model Essays is an anthology, a published collection by many authors (each chapter may have different authors)!

January 31 - February 1, 2017

  1. Google Books - Full text (usually portions of books) - may be a good source to find books to Interlibrary Loan
  2. Creating the citation in NoodleTools
    1. Check the "Show Me" help screen in NoodleTools!
    2. Use World Cat to import your book citation (use ISBN-13)
    3. Copy a book citation to cite additional chapters in an anthology.
  3. Print and eBooks in Library Catalog (MHS, MPL, MCC)
    1. If possible, check out the eBook so you can highlight, take notes, set bookmarks to review later.
    2. Where did that eBook come from? Include Database information!

February 2 - 10, 2017

  1. Searching databases
  2. MHS Library Databases
  3. MCC Library Databases (do you know your MCC ID #?)
  4. MPL Library Databases (do you have a library card?)
  5. State Library of Iowa Databases (register online!)
  6. Interlibrary Loan - send citation information to Mrs. Inhelder by email
  7. Creating Notecards
  8. Paraphrasing/notetaking: Check out these resources from PurdueOWL: Paraphrasing, Quoting/paraphrasing/summarizing
  9. What database is this!?! eBook High School Collection (EBSCOhost) Literary Reference Center
  10. Citing a Newswire from a database that has not been published in a source? Select Database--Newspaper. The name of the newspaper would be the News Service, leave the city blank! See NoodleTools example This is different than citing a Newswire published in a newspaper or at a website!
  11. Exporting citation from Gale databases to NoodleTools.

February 13-16, 2017

  1. Writing an Outline in NoodleTools
  2. Organizing notecards
  3. Pulling notecards into Outline
OUTLINE CHECK (Chandler/Sutch) - Feb 21

February 21-24, 2017 (No School February 17 and 20)

  1. Searching the Internet - dip into the big blue ocean!
    1. What's there? Why is it there?
  2. What do you already know about your topic?
  3. Bias -- what's that? Media Literacy
  4. Website evaluation - 5Ws or CRAAP
    1. Astroturfing
  5. Search engines - Google, Bing, Yahoo, Infoplease, Ask.com & About.com (similar to general encyclopedia)
    1. Look for Advanced Searching
    2. Google Scholar
    3. Dogpile - meta search engine
    4. Wikipedia's list
  6. Citing websites - elements needed for citing a webpage
  7. Archive & annotate - save time, don't loose changing webpages!
    1. After creating citation, click Archive & annotate
    2. Install Bookmarklet
    3. Click Archive This next time you have a screen open that you want to save!

NOTECARD CHECK (Inhelder) - Feb 16
SOURCES CITED CHECK (Inhelder) - Feb 21

February 27, 2017

  1. FREEWRITE (Chandler/Sutch) - Feb 27

February 28, 2017

  1. Intext and parenthetical referencing

March 4-12, 2017 - SPRING BREAK


March 13, 2017

  1. MLA Sample Paper

March 14, 2017

  1. Peer Edit

March 16, 2017 - Exporting Works Cited to Google Doc

March 20, 2017

PAPER DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM