This week on The Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 61: Writing Research Papers. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 61: Writing Research Papers
One of the most dreaded assignments for many homeschool highschoolers is the annual research paper. It’s true that churning out a good research paper can be intimidating but it is necessary for a complete Language Arts credit.
How can your teens manage a good research paper? What kind should they write?
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! Let’s cover the basics right here:
There are three major styles of research paper.
- A struggling learner might need to start with a simple report. Here is a freebie to help your reluctant or struggling writer with a basic report.
- A non-college-bound teen can choose which style he or she wishes (we suggest that these teens do not skip research paper writing, though, because they learn so many critical thinking, researching information and communication skills when working on these papers).
- A college-bound teen will be well prepared for college if they have some experience in writing all three styles of research paper:
- APA- teaches presentation of non-biased information, choosing researchable topics, organizing data, using APA citations and quotations, reference page usage. 7Sisters has a step-by-step, day-by-day, no-busywork writing guide fo APA papers. Click here for an excerpt for APA Research Paper Writing Guide.
- MLA- teaches development of thesis and supporting information, transitions, MLA citations and quotations, MLA reference page usage. Again, 7Sisters has a step-by-step, day-by-day, no-busywork writing guide fo APA papers. Click here for an excerpt for MLA Research Paper Writing Guide.
- Chicago-style- builds on the skills in APA and MLA, adding skills for footnoting. 7Sisters has a step-by-step, day-by-day, no-busywork writing guide for Chicago-style papers. Click here for an excerpt for Chicago-style Research Paper Writing Guide.
Which order is best for these research papers? Here’s a post to help, but remember that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school (and not ONE right order to research paper writing)!
Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 61: Writing Research Papers. Your teens CAN do it!
Here are some helpful posts on these papers:
- What’s the Difference Between APA and MLA Research Papers
- How to Decide Which Kind
- How to Check for Valid Sources
- APA Topic Choices
- MLA Topic Choices
- How to Write Thesis Statement
- For tips on how to help your teen get their research paper done, check out this post.
Help your teens create a powerful Language Arts credit!