Hey everyone! My 7th grade LA class will be starting their research papers when we return from break. This is the first year I have ever taught students how to write a research paper (actually, it's the first year the kids have ever written one, also). The only requirements I was given by our school's LA director is that it has to be a science based research paper with a thesis. Does anyone have any experience with this type of research paper? I'm not sure if I should have my kids actually do an experiment along with the paper, or if they can just create a thesis statement and write the paper without doing an experiment. I'm not a science teacher, so it makes this that much more difficult. If you know of some resources (web or books) that you think may come in handy, could you send them my way so I can take a look? I'm feeling incredibly overwhelmed right now and wish I had some more guidance on this than what I was given. Thanks!