Friday, March 21, 2014

Research Project Plan


1. Topic choice:
2. Write jot notes of information, to put it into your own words.
3. Make a draft copy of your work.
4. Revise with an editor: parent, teacher, etc.
5. Make a good copy; ________ paragraphs, to be handed in on the due
date. (Length to be determined with the teacher.)
6. Include pictures/audiovisual aids. Ensure that you have not violated
copyriight laws.
7. Please include these information sources:
  • Human resources: first or second hand, including interviews and newspapers
  • Electronic resources: cyberspace, CD Roms
  • Physical resources: books, encyclopedias, timelines

=> Carefully craft your interviews: (What are your questions? How/when will
it be done?)


Research Skills: Have I…
1. Selected an interesting topic to study? ____
2. Research general sources before specialized sources? ____
3. Made notes as I read? ____
4. Put ideas in my own words? ____
5. Noted specific information for Bibliography while reading each
6. Found useful charts, maps, illustrations, photographs to clarify? ____
7. Used both print and electronic information in my research? ___
8. Read enough to write a simple and clear explanation? ____


Title Page:
Title, class, date submitted, author (you!), graphic
Table of Contents includes:
     • Main section headings (subtitles) in the text of your report
     • Page numbers that match with the proper pages of the text
Text of the Report
  • Does each section have a subtitle? Are the subtitles in larger type, boldface type, or underlined to separate them from the text?
  • Are all your pictures, drawings, and charts placed near the text to which they apply and labeled?
  • Are your pages numbered? Numbered correctly?
  • Is the text properly spaced?
  • Is the first line of each paragraph indented?
  • Does each sentence start with a capital letter and end with a period?
  • Are all sentences complete sentences?
  • Have you capitalized all names of special places, people, and events?
  • Are all words spelled correctly? Did you use Spell Checker? or Did an adult or sibling check the work for you?
  • Is your writing/typing clear and legible?
  • Are all pages clean and unwrinkled?
  • Ensure you haven’t mistakenly put in any blank pages.
  • Ensure everything on your title page has been properly centered.
  • Ensure the page margins are set to the standard: 2.5 cm left, right, top, and bottom margins.
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix of rough notes and drafts

Questions to answer:

The opening paragraph should concisely convey:
1. The name of the war (including alternate names);
2. When did it happen?
3. Who fought in it?
4. Why did it happen? (but if it is impossible to simplify complex causes
into a one-sentence explanation, leave this for a later section)
5. What was the outcome?
6. What was its significance, if any?

The report can be structured along these lines:

1. The historical background to the conflict; preceding conflicts; the
political situation; military preparedness and technology.
2. The causes of the conflict.
3. The trigger, if notable. For example the murder of Archduke
Franz Ferdinand of Austria triggered a sequence of events that led to World
War I.
4. How the partipants became involved, and the first military
5. A summary of the conflict. When a war is large, it can often be
divided into phases, or into geographic regions ("theaters"), or into naval and
land campaigns. Military actions then be described by phase, theater, or
campaign. Don't describe individual battles in detail; refer to a separate
article on the battle and just explain the result of the battle and its
consequences for the war.
6. If the war is very large there should be separate articles for each
phase/theater/campaign of the war, and for important tactical, strategic and
technological aspects of the war. Give brief summaries of those aspects of the
war in the main article, and refer the reader to the detailed article.
7. How the war came to an end. If there was an important peace
treaty, make a separate article for the peace treaty and refer to it.
8. What were the consequences of the war? Who did it affect? What
happened next? Did the war lead to peace or to further wars? Were countries
conquered or liberated? Were there significant advances in tactics or
9. Lists and tables: list of battles; list of countries and alliances
involved; casualties by country.

People involved in wars e.g. spies, presidents, prime ministers, peacekeepers,

people who made a difference in the world.

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