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HISTORY JUNIOR RESEARCH PAPER FINAL DUE DATE: Friday, April 5 (online and in hard copy) The purpose of the junior research paper is to use your research skills to explore a topic of your choice. You will need to choose a topic, create a research question, conduct research and write the paper. The various components of the paper assignment will be a significant portion of your thirdquarter grade. We are devoting some class time (research and writing) to the project, but majority of the work will be completely at home. You should take it seriously and seek individual help often throughout the process. I am generally available during the following times: • before school (Monday through Friday) • after school (Monday until 3 p.m., most Thursdays, all Fridays) • X • C1, 3-4 • A • E The Cary Memorial Library is a good place to look for more resources. Furthermore, you can obtain sources throughout the Minuteman Library Network or Boston Public Libraries. You are responsible for your work and the timeline on the next page will help you progress in a timely fashion on this project throughout the quarter. The final product includes • 2,000- to 2,500-word paper • an annotated Works Cited page according to MLA specifications • parenthetical citations according to MLA specifications • a thesis that is a statement of opinion that is strongly supported by historical evidence. This paper is worth half of your final exam grade, which is 20 percent of your course grade. Late papers will be deducted one-third of a letter grade (for example, B to B-) for each day (NOT school day) it is late. The final draft should be turned in online and in hard copy on Friday, April 5. NoodleBib hint on parenthetical citations:

IDEAS FOR TOPICS: • significant events or people in U.S. history • trends in immigration, women’s rights, government policies, Supreme Court decisions/courts, etc. • previous/current National History Day topics o 2013: Turning Point In History: People, Ideas, Events o 2012: Revolution, Reaction, Reform In History o 2011: Debate And Diplomacy o 2008: Conflict And Compromise o 2006: Taking A Stand REQUIREMENTS: 1. Your final paper must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, with normal margins and spacing between paragraphs. Pages must be numbered. 2. Your paper should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words long, not including your Works Cited page. 3. You will need at least two (2) primary sources and seven (7) secondary sources for your reference for your paper. All sources must be used to contribute to your argument. All sources must be published, reputable works. Reputable books, articles and scholarly documents found on the Internet must be published in a formal way. If you have a question about a source’s reliability, check with the librarians or with me. COMPONENTS: A NOTE ON DEADLINES: I will give you partial credit for missing a deadline ONLY until the Thursday of that same week. After that, you will receive NO credit for that deadline. This does NOT apply to the rough draft deadlines. 1. topic choice: Friday, Jan. 18 a. You must have a topic selected by this point. This is different from having your thesis. It is important to make sure you have selected a topic that you can come up with an opinion about and support with strong evidence. (6 points) 2. research progress (6 points per due date) a. What this means: i. See your research notes expectations sheet. http://www.scribd.com/doc/108651502/Research-Notes-Expectations b. Friday, Feb. 1: research due date #1 (2 sources) c. Friday, Feb. 8: research due date #2 (2 sources) and research hypothesis d. Friday, Feb. 15: research due date #3 (2 sources) and preliminary research question e. Friday, March 1: research due date #4 (2 sources) and Works Cited page i. Works Cited must be typed in MLA format and must include at least six usable sources that you have reviewed. You will need to update this list to include the additional required sources.

3. research proposal: Friday, March 8 (6 points) a. The research proposal consists of: ii. your revised research question iii. a working thesis (at least one full sentence) iv. 3-4 subtopics v. Works Cited page b. Works Cited must be typed in MLA format and must include all sources that you have reviewed so far. It should reflect the minimum source requirements (seven) at this point. You will need to update this list to match your paper later. 4. detailed outline due: Friday, March 15 (12 points) a. The outline should include the specific examples that will support your thesis. Make sure that every piece of evidence that you are including relates to your thesis. b. The evidence should be organized in a logical structure. c. This step should match the structure of your argument. d. This must be at least 3-4 pages typed 5. rough draft #1 due: Monday, April 1 (DFG), Tuesday, April 2 (H) (12 points) a. The rough draft should be close to 2,000 words and include parenthetical citations. b. We will peer-edit the paper in class. It is essential that you have the rough draft ready and print out before class. c. No late credit will be given on this phase. 6. rough draft #2 due: Tuesday, April 2 (DG), Wednesday, April 3 (HF) (12 points) d. You should revise your first draft based on suggestions from your peers. e. We will peer-edit the paper again in class. It is essential that you have the rough draft ready and print out before class. f. No late credit will be given on this phase. 7. final draft due: Friday, April 5 (online and hard copy in class) a. ONLINE SUBMISSION TO TURNITIN.COM BY 11:59 p.m. a. remember to include your Works Cited page in the same file b. HARD COPY BY 3 p.m. a. final draft of your paper b. Works Cited page (on its separate page) c. rubric with completed checklist This paper is worth half of your final exam grade, which is 20 percent of your year grade. Late papers will be deducted one-third of a letter grade (for example, B to B-) for each day (NOT school day) it is late. SUBMITTING THE FINAL DRAFT: The final draft should be turned in online at turnitin.com by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 5. A hard copy ALSO must be turned in on Friday, April 5, by 3 p.m.