Research Paper Format Part II

STEP 4 – Outline

The outline is the shell of the paper that you are going to write. Many students tend to jump immediately into the writing, which results in a sloppy and unfocused paper. The outline will need to be typed or hand-written and in the following format.

  1. Introduction
  2. Paragraph 1 Topic Sentence – Explain what the first paragraph will be about.
    1. This should be the 1st fact supporting your first topic sentence.
    2. This should be the 2nd fact supporting your second topic sentence.
    3. This should be the 3rd fact supporting your second topic sentence.
  • Paragraph 2 Topic Sentence – Explain what the second paragraph will be about.
    1. This should be the 1st fact supporting your second topic sentence.
    2. This should be the 2nd fact supporting your second topic sentence.
    3. This should be the 3rd fact supporting your second topic sentence.

Then continue to follow this format until completed (minimum: introduction, 3 paragraphs, and conclusion). Be sure to show it to the teacher for the easy points. This only needs to be a basic explanation of your topic sentence and facts. You will be surprised how much easier this makes the writing of your rough draft.

STEP 5 – Rough Draft

Approach the rough draft as you would your final copy. The better your rough draft, the less you will have to correct for your final copy. Use the outline to help you write your paragraphs. If you want to add more than what you had on your original outline¸ that is acceptable! Remember, your paper must be three pages double-spaced not counting the title and work cited pages.

When completed with the draft, you must have two people besides the teacher read it, edit it to the best of their ability, and sign their name on the back page. The more seriously you and your peers take the editing, the more polished your paper will be when you turn in your final copy for grading. DO NOT THROW AWAY THE ROUGH DRAFT. YOU WILL NEED TO TURN IT IN PAPER-CLIPPED TO YOUR FINAL COPY.

STEP 6- Final Copy

The final copy will be the edited version of your rough draft. Make sure you read over your rough draft CAREFULLY. Every spelling and grammatical error that you can catch will be another point that you earn. Turn this in with your rough draft.

FINAL PAPER GRADING RUBRIC

Paper Content                               100 pts

Title Page                                             5 pts

Works Cited Page                           15 pts

Spelling and Grammar                20 pts

Proper Formatting of Paper      10 pts

                                                             150 pts