Unit Lesson: Writing a Research Paper
Students will write a research paper on the topic "How to Make High School Better." They will research the topic using traditional and electronic sources. They will collaboratively share some resources while researching specific topics of personal interest as well. For a full description of the assignment please link to:

CA Content Standards

Eagle Expectations (process)

NETS (process)

CSTP (process)

1.0 Writing Strategies

Students will be…

I will…

I will…

Students write coherent and focused texts that convey a well-defined perspective and tightly reasoned argument. The writing demonstrates students’ awareness of the audience and purpose and progression through the stages of the writing process.


(2) Demonstrating reflective and critical writing, speaking,

and listening

design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners

choose strategies that make the complexity and depth of subject matter understandable to all students

Organization and Focus

(3) Demonstrating proficiency in academic content standards


apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences

use technology to enhance student learning

1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of discourse (e.g., purpose, speaker,

audience, form) when completing narrative, expository, persuasive, or descriptive

writing assignments.


(4) Completing projects using a variety of resources

plan for the management of technology resources within the context of learning activities

ask questions or facilitate discussion to clarify or extend students' thinking

1.2 Use point of view, characterization, style (e.g., use of irony), and related elements for

specific rhetorical and aesthetic purposes.


(5) Collecting data in order to draw inferences,

predictions, and conclusions


plan strategies to manage student learning in a technology-enhanced environment

use the classroom environment to provide opportunities for independent and collaborative learning

1.3 Structure ideas and arguments in a sustained, persuasive, and sophisticated way and

support them with precise and relevant examples.


(9) Expressing ideas through oral, written, numeric, physical,

and creative means


facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards

provide opportunities for all students to think, discuss, interact, reflect and evaluate content

1.4 Enhance meaning by employing rhetorical devices, including the extended use of parallelism,

repetition, and analogy; the incorporation of visual aids (e.g., graphs, tables,

pictures); and the issuance of a call for action.


(11) Demonstrating understanding and use of technology



encourage all students to ask critical questions and consider diverse perspectives about subject matter

Research and Technology

(12) Participating in collaborative and cooperative learning




help all students to develop and use strategies for accessing knowledge and information

1.6 Develop presentations by using clear research questions and creative and critical research

strategies (e.g., field studies, oral histories, interviews, experiments, electronic sources).


(14) Demonstrating personal accountability, and intellectual




identify and understand the key concepts and underlying themes and relationships in the subject area(s) to be taught

1.7 Use systematic strategies to organize and record information (e.g., anecdotal scripting,

annotated bibliographies).




incorporate subject or grade level expectations and curriculum frameworks in organizing subject matter

1.8 Integrate databases, graphics, and spreadsheets into word-processed documents.





Evaluation and Revision



help all students to see the relationships and connections across subject matter areas

1.9 Revise text to highlight the individual voice, improve sentence variety and style, and

enhance subtlety of meaning and tone in ways that are consistent with the purpose,

audience, and genre.




use subject matter resources, materials, and technologies to organize the curriculum