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Active Living Research Essay

Assignment Sheet 

 The Process:

 Class 1: Initial Research

After you have chosen your topic, your job in this class is to research the basic elements of your essay. By the end of the class, you should be able to answer the following questions:

1. What terms are associated with my topic and what do they mean?

2. What are the common points of view on my topic? Are there any controversies I should be aware of?

3. What is my point of view on this topic? This will be your essay thesis.

 As you find useful sources, add them to your bibliography on Use MLA format.


Class 2: Deeper Research

In this class, you will add detail to your essay by looking a little closer at the topic. You might want to look at some of the magazine articles on the Britannica and Gale databases. Make sure you find enough detail to support your thesis.

Add any resources you find on your bibme account.


 Class 3: Final Research, Organizing/Writing your essay

This is your last chance to ask for help in writing your essay.



The following databases are worth looking at (Mr. McCracken has the usernames and passwords):


Gale Science in Context

Marshall Cavendish