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Research Process. 8 th Grade Person or Historical Event Theme Study Model for Honors/Accelerated Students. Topic. Person or historical event This topic is way too broad to cover in one year, let alone in one research paper, so we have to make it a more specific topic. Narrow the Topic.

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research process

Research Process

8th Grade Person or Historical Event Theme Study Model for Honors/Accelerated Students

topic
Topic
  • Person or historical event
  • This topic is way too broad to cover in one year, let alone in one research paper, so we have to make it a more specific topic.
narrow the topic
Narrow the Topic
  • Person or Historical Event (this is still too broad a topic as it encompasses hundreds of authors).
  • Chose one specific person or historical event to focus your research based on a theme.

For example:

  • The Effects of Shakespeare’s Writings on 21st Century Literature
statement of controlling purpose
Statement of Controlling Purpose
  • The purpose of this research is to outline the Effects and Connections of Shakespeare’s 16th Century Writings on 21st Century Literature.
  • Note that this statement can be revamped into a thesis statement later to be included in your first paragraph of your research paper.
guiding questions
Guiding Questions
  • What is a guiding question?
  • What is the purpose of a guiding question?
  • What makes a good guiding question?
questions cannot be
Questions cannot be
  • answered with yes or no
  • too broad
  • too narrow
  • vague
  • opinionated
  • irrelevant
questions should be
Questions should be
  • open ended
  • clearly stated
  • relevant
  • answerable
purpose
PURPOSE
  • Guiding Questions are used to “guide” your research and help you stay on track.
  • These questions eventually should help you form your thesis.
  • Your thesis contains specific examples that support your statement of controlling purpose.
irrelevant model questions
Irrelevant Model Questions
  • What did Shakespeare do in his free time?
  • What kind of pen did he use?
  • Where can I get a bumper sticker about loving Shakespeare?
  • Does Shakespeare have a store named after him?
relevant model questions
Relevant Model Questions:
  • What are four relevant examples of producible evidence that affirms the continued literary merit of the 16th century works of William Shakespeare presently in the 21st century?
  • Producible Evidence #1
  • Producible Evidence #2
  • Producible Evidence #3
  • Producible Evidence #4
  • What is the overall impact of Shakespeare’s writing in modern day U.S.A.?
the effects of shakespeare s writings on 21 st century literature
The Effects of Shakespeare’s Writings on 21st Century Literature

The teacher breaks the class into fours and then paired off in twos within the group of four.

Brainstorm with a partner one relevant guiding question about the purpose of this research is to outline the Effects and Connections of Shakespeare’s 16th Century Writings on 21st Century Literature.

Write it down with your partner.

Now turn to your group and share each guiding question that you came up with.

Last, try to write two guiding question by yourself about The purpose of this research is to outline the Effects and Connections of Shakespeare’s 16th Century Writings on 21st Century Literature..

In a four people group, you should end up with 5 questions total. One for each member the first time and one that you create in the end alone.

Guiding Questions about the Effects of Shakespeare’s Writings on 21st Century Literature

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6.

prime questions
Prime Questions

Why?

Why are Shakespeare’s writings coveted and viewed as a literary model for writers centuries later?

How?

How can you use Shakespeare’s approach to his craft right now in the eighth grade to help you develop your writing skills?

person or event in history rationale
Person or Event in History Rationale
  • What are four relevant examples of producible evidence that affirms the continued literary merit of the 16th century works of William Shakespeare presently in the 21st century?
  • Producible Evidence #1
  • Producible Evidence #2
  • Producible Evidence #3
  • Producible Evidence #4
  • What is the overall impact of Shakespeare’s writing in modern day U.S.A.?
possible end result focus of the research
Possible end result(focus of the research)
  • How will the research that you have done on Shakespeare’s literary significance shape the outlook of your future writings?
thesis statement
THESIS STATEMENT
  • The purpose of this research is to outline the Effects (*A, B, C) and Connections of Shakespeare’s 16th Century Writings on 21st Century Literature.

*A, B, C are the specific prerequisites in order to obtain the credentials for the chosen profession.