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Hello all,

This might sound like an odd request but I'm a new history teacher and I don't have a background in education. (Although I do have an MA in my field). I'm wondering about how to go about teaching my 7th graders the research and writing process. I want them to research a topic, event, or person, develop a thesis, and critically weigh and evaluate evidence in an expository paper.

I'm a little unsure of the process 7th graders should go through, although I do know what I want them to learn.

When I did my MA, all I did was read everything I could on a topic and then write, refine, and write until I was clearly stating what needed to be said. I had an eclectic way of writing and doing research. I'm not sure that would work for 12 year olds.

The process is fairly intuitive for me, but I have a hard time explaining the process to my 7th graders.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there a good book someone could point me to that defines and explains steps necessary for writing a history research paper appropriate for 7th graders?



Full Member

Talk to the English teacher who also teaches these students. It might be that the two of you could do something together. She could give a grade for writing techniques, and you could give a grade for content.