research topics?

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  1. scooter503

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    My 8th graders will be writing research reports later this year. Usually, I give the kids pretty free rain when it comes to selecting a topic, but I think it might be easier with these to narrow the window. Anyone have any suggestions? This is the first time I've done research reports at the middle school level.
     
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    What subject do you teach? What are they covering in class?

    Is there something you want them to learn more about? If not, then why have them write a research paper?
     
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    Our state requires a research paper at every level in the English classes.

    My juniors research a career. Subtopics include: skills, training, job outlook, pros/cons

    I choose this topic to help them explore their options for life after high school.
     
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    Since I always think like a history teacher, how about researching the history of something they are interested such as the history of baseball, hip-hop music, trains, comic books, or anything they might be interested in.
     
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    We're also required to do a research paper or project at every grade level.

    I have my freshmen do an "I-search" style paper instead of a more typical research paper. We focus on word etymology. They have fun with it. I let them pick the word they want to study as long as it's school appropriate.
     
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    If I were an English teacher who had to assign the research paper, I would be talking to the history teacher. Find out what he or she would want the kids researching.

    Then have the kids hand in 2 copies, and receive both an English and a History grade for the same paper.
     
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    I like your thinking, Alice. This is what the Science teacher and I do--her research reports and procedures get passed on to me for an English mark and one of the classes non-fiction reading tests involved the science textbook.
     
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    Good point. If science is more your thing, it could be on something scientific, or mathematical or anything.

    But I would find a way to tie it into something the kids are currently learning.
     
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    Working with the science and history teachers is certainly beneficial, unfortunately, it's not always practical in bigger schools and districts. :unsure: When you have 190 students spread out over multiple teachers (and many times grade levels), it can be a little daunting to coordinate.

    In my district, the high schools are on accelerated block schedules, so at any given time, they aren't all in a history or science class. However, at the middle school level, it *is* fairly common for the research paper to be linked to their history/science fair projects.
     

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