Dear Amy: My history teacher assigned a research paper that is due at the end of the semester. It is worth 25 percent of my grade. Do you have any advice on how I can do well? — Travis E., Helena, Montana
Dear Travis: The first step to writing a good research paper is choosing your topic. Once you have done that, you can begin your outline, which is an organized plan for your paper. It’s a great way to stay focused in your research.
For instance, if you are doing a paper about geneticist Barbara McClintock, your outline might begin with when and where she was born. You could then talk about what her life was like as a child and what influenced her to choose her career path. As you create your outline, you might think about what you would want to know about this famous person.
Once your outline is complete, you can use a variety of sources to find answers to your questions. The local library is a terrific resource. Also, if your subject is an important historical figure, there will be a website that provides information about his or her life. For more details about each step of the writing process, visit Scholastic’s Writing Workshop, tinyurl.com/2hvw2j.
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