Topic, Format, Due Date

Research Paper DUE DATES

English II Research Project

The expectation is for you to develop a focused research topic, conduct the research, create an outline, draft a paper, and finally complete a three to four page research paper in MLA format. Though this task may seem a daunting one for the end of the year, it is an opportunity for you to explore a topic of your choice and show off the writing skills you’ve developed as a sophomore. The skills that we will practice in the coming weeks will continue to be relevant throughout your high school and post-secondary education as well. Embrace this!

It is also the expectation that all work you turn in be your own work in your own words. Proper citations are required when using information another source. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated, and will result in a failing grade.

Week One 4/24-4/28:

4/26: Topic selection Daily Grade Grade: ______________

4/28: Depth of Complexity Daily Grade Grade: ______________

Week Two 5/1-5/5:

5/5: Note card research Daily Grade Grade: ______________

Week Three 5/8-5/12:

5/12: Outlines due Quiz Grade Grade: ______________

Week Four 5/15-5/19:

5/16: Works Cited Page Quiz Grade Grade: ______________

5/19: Rough Draft (handwritten) due Daily Grade Grade: ______________

Week Five 5/22 – 5/26

5/24: Final Paper (Classroom) due 2x Major Grade Grade: ______________

Daily grades will be based on a combination of completion, effort, and correctness. All materials will also be uploaded on Google Classroom and the English II Research Paper Smore flyer. If you are absent the day something is due, it is your responsibility to turn it two days after your absence to receive full credit. Anything later than that will have 10 points per day deducted from the grade for that assignment.

Email me if you need help:


Helpful websites:

For MLA Citations - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

To Create MLA Citations – http://www.citefast.com

For Research - http://www.galepages.com/j105906005

Library - https://tinyurl.com/kexzg2p

Research Paper Smore – http://tinyurl.com/mlnjlba

What are the requirements for the research paper?

You will write a 3-5 page (approximately 1000 words) paper on a research topic of your choosing!

How Should I Format My Research Paper??

The following link will take you to Purdue University's 'Online Writing Lab' aka the Purdue OWL. The link shows all the necessary formatting for a MLA paper. I expect you to format your Research Paper in MLA format. This will be a standard requirement for your writing as you move beyond English II.

Purdue OWL MLA Formatting Guide

Exploratory Research

After selecting your topic, you will need to begin to break down your topic into smaller sub-topics & research questions. Use the following PDF to guide you to a more thorough understanding of your topic:

Research Question

After doing exploratory research, using general websites like Wikipedia and other web sources, you should focus on a final research question. The question which will guide your research and writing process should follow the following guidelines:
1. Complexity - the question should not be answerable by a simple explanation, fact, statistic, or a yes/no response.
2. Depth - the question should allow for a deeper exploration of your topic
3. Focus - the question should be sufficiently focused on a particular aspect of your topic
4. Opinion - the question should require your personal opinion and insight to fully explain the answer




PowerPoint Presentation on turning a topic into a research question

Creating Research Notecards

At this point, you have a thought out research question and have developed a grasp of your topic. It is time to dive deep and really complete the research necessary to write your paper. In order to keep track of your research, we will be utilizing a process using note cards to track your research. This was discussed in class on 5/3/2017.

The following links will help you create research note cards:

YouTube Video

PDF from Google Drive


As part of the writing process, you should organize your thoughts and research before starting to write your rough draft. Accordingly, you will create an Outline for your research paper.

The outline is due on Tuesday May 16th!

Your outline should consist of AT LEAST 3 body paragraphs. The more detailed your outline is, the easier it will be to write your rough draft.

There is a sample outline available below for you to use as a guide for your outline.

Research Process PDF

Sample Outlines

Outline Format PDF

Final Research Paper

Due Wednesday May 24th!!

Click on the link in Google Classroom.

Use the drop-down menu to create a new document.

1. Before typing, change the font to 12 pt., Times New Roman.

2. Change the line spacing to 2 or Double. The whole document is double-spaced.

3. The first four lines should include your name, your teacher's name, the class name, and the due date.
John Smith

Mr. Vincens

English II

24 May 2017

4. After the date, center your title. You should create a unique title for your research paper.

The Economic Benefits of Constructing Wildlife Crossings Across the U.S.

5. Do not forget to include citations to your research in your paper. Failure to do so will be considered academic dishonesty. (See Cal State MLA Formatting Guide below)


Late submissions will be accepted until Friday May 26th. No Exceptions.

Link to MLA Formatting at Purdue OWL & Sample Paper

Link to Cal State MLA Formatting Guide PDF