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Writing a research paper. Writing Prompt. Write a research paper about a disability that interests you. Purposes To inform others about your topic To offer a unique perspective on a topic To learn more about a topic. Audiences Classmates and teacher Community members

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Writing a research paper

Writing a research paper


Writing prompt

Writing Prompt

  • Write a research paper about a disability that interests you.


Writing a research paper

  • Purposes

  • To inform others about your topic

  • To offer a unique perspective on a topic

  • To learn more about a topic


Writing a research paper

  • Audiences

  • Classmates and teacher

  • Community members

  • People interested in your topic

  • Web users


Writing a research paper

  • Formats

  • Essay for class

  • Encyclopedia article

  • Oral report

  • PowerPoint Presentation

  • Documentary


Writing a research paper

Choose a Topic


Writing a research paper

  • What topic should you research?

  • Make a list of interesting questions, such as Why does ADHD affect so many students? and How can we cure cancer?

  • Then choose a question from your list that you think would make a good topic for your research.

  • Consider a personal interest (for example a friend, a family member, a role model who has this disease/disability) that you would like to learn more about.


Writing a research paper

  • How to use the internet to make a decision on THE question/topic.

  • Type each of your questions into the search engine (.edu, .org, .gov, .net).

  • Write down anything you find interesting. This is to help you make a decision; it is not a start to your research.

  • You want to make an informed decision on your topic.

  • It does not make good use of your time to realize partway through your paper that you really don’t like your research topic.


Writing a research paper

Narrow Your Focus


Writing a research paper

  • What does it look like?

  • Keep in mind that your research paper will only be a few pages long.

  • Small specific topics are easier to research and write about than larger ones.

  • Use a graphic organizer to narrow your topic.

  • 1. Diseases (way too broad)

  • 2. Why do people get diseases? (narrower, but still too broad for my paper)

  • 3. What causes Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy?(narrow topic)

  • 4. Why did my cousin get Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy? (too narrow)


Writing a research paper

Decide on a Goal


Writing a research paper

  • What do you want to find out?

  • General Goal: I want to learn more about Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy.

  • Questions:

  • Why does Duchene’s MD interest me? I had a cousin who developed this disease and died from it.

  • What do I want to learn about Duchene’s MD? I want to know what causes it, why some people get it and some don’t, and why it progresses differently.

  • Specific Goal: I want to learn more about Duchene’s MD, specifically the causes, the prevalence, and the differentiated progression.


Writing a research paper

  • What do you want to find out?

  • General Goal:

  • Questions:

  • Why does _______________interest me?

  • What do I want to learn about ___________?

  • Specific Goal: I want to learn more about ___________________________________________________________________________.


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