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  1. Writing a research paper

  2. Writing Prompt • Write a research paper about a disability that interests you.

  3. Purposes • To inform others about your topic • To offer a unique perspective on a topic • To learn more about a topic

  4. Audiences • Classmates and teacher • Community members • People interested in your topic • Web users

  5. Formats • Essay for class • Encyclopedia article • Oral report • PowerPoint Presentation • Documentary

  6. Choose a Topic

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Narrow Your Focus

  10. 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)

  11. Decide on a Goal

  12. 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.

  13. 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 ___________________________________________________________________________.