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How to Write Your Rough Draft. Research Paper Ms. Berger/ Mrs . Taylor. What you will need…. Your complete outline Your four pages of completed notes. Introduction. Hook Introduce your topic (subject): 2-3 sentences Thesis statement (taken directly from your outline). Hook.

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How to Write Your Rough Draft

Research Paper

Ms. Berger/Mrs. Taylor

What you will need…

  • Your complete outline

  • Your four pages of completed notes


  • Hook

  • Introduce your topic (subject): 2-3 sentences

  • Thesis statement (taken directly from your outline)


  • Should be catchy/grab the reader’s attention

  • Could be a question, interesting statement/quote, or interesting fact/statistic

  • Examples:

    • Imagine 4,000 people marching up to Ouchi High School and peacefully protesting for change. This is what black and white U.S. citizens did during the March on Washington to stand up for equal rights.

    • What would you do if you were forced to attend a run-down, understaffed school?

Introduce Topic

  • Explain what your topic is

  • For example:

    • Rosa Parks was an African American woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She stood up for what she believed in and never backed down. She was an inspiration to civil rights activists across the country and her stand sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Body Paragraphs

  • Refer to your outline

  • Outline shows what needs to be covered in each body paragraph

  • First sentence of the paragraph should be a topic/transition sentence

  • Make sure to include extra information not on your outline: specific dates, facts, statistics, etc.

  • Each body paragraph needs one quote from one of your sources (parenthetical citation)

    • (Authors Last Name page number) ex. (Smith 10)

    • If no author, than article name/title


  • Restate thesis

  • Summarize your main points

  • Extend relevance of your topic

    • Why is it important today?

    • What change has it caused?

    • Why should we remember?

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