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8th Grade History Research Database: Research Paper

Welcome to Amber's History class!

Research Questions

If you are still struggling to formulate a research question, choose from this set (or at least get an idea from here):

Women’s Rights

  • Was the Women’s Rights Movement successful?
  •     ------Comparing the rights they gained to the rights they still don’t have
  • Was the Women’s Rights Movement an elitist movement?
  •     ------(Did it leave some people out still?)
  • What role did men play in the Women’s Rights Movement?
  • What steps did women take to achieve suffrage?
  • Is the Women’s Rights Movement really over?
  • What were the greatest successes and failures of the Women’s Rights Movement?
  • How influential was (insert name here) in the Women’s Rights Movement?
  • What impact did women have during wartime throughout history?

 

Civil Rights

  • What impact did Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. have on the Civil Rights Movement?
  • Who was more effective?
  • What role did women play in the Civil Rights Movement?
  • Was violent or non-violent protest more effective in the Civil Rights Movement?
  • How did violence affect the Civil Rights Movement?
  • Why was integration so important to the Civil Rights leaders?
  • Were the real leaders of the Civil Rights Movement: the big names or the common people?
  • What were the greatest successes and failures of the Civil Rights Movement?
  • How influential was (insert name here) in the Civil Rights Movement?
  • What led people to discriminate against African Americans?

 

Gay Rights

  • How did AIDS affect the Gay Rights Movement?
  • What role did women play in the Gay Rights Movement?
  • To what extent was the Gay Rights Movement successful?
  • How influential was Bayard Rustin in the Gay Rights and Civil Rights Movements?
  • Were the Stonewall Riots the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement?
  • What impact did the Gay Rights Movement have on the nation/world?
  •          Pros and Cons?
  • Why is homosexuality known as the “other?”
  • What was the real beginning of the Gay Rights Movement?
  • How influential was Harvey Milk on the Gay Rights Movement?
  • What were the greatest successes and failures of the Gay Rights Movement?
  • How influential was (insert name here) in the Gay Rights Movement?
  • To what extent is the controversy over Gay Marriage the new Gay Rights Movement?

Don't Miss A Deadline!

Research Paper Deadlines

A. Research Source Logs– Wednesday, May 28th
 
B. Outline – Thursday, May 29th
Early Deadline: Tuesday, May 27th (Honors)
 
C. Draft #1 – Monday, June 9th
 
D. Bibliography – Wednesday, June 11th
 
E. Final Draft – Monday, June 16th
 
F. Process Logs
Weekly Process Logs will be completed and turned in the first day of each week
Week #1 – Monday, May 19th
Week #2 – Tuesday, May 27th
Week #3 – Monday, June 1nd
Week #4 – Monday, June 9th 
Week #5 - Monday, June 16th
 
G. Roundtable Project Prep. – Tuesday, June 17th
Visual/Audio/Prop (Honors)
 
H. Roundtables: Research Project Presentation – Wednesday, June 18th

Order of Assignment

Place your final Exhibition in the following order:

1. Cover Page

2. History Rationale

3. Final Draft of Paper

4. Bibliography

5. Process Logs

6. Research Source Logs

7. Extra Notes

Important Notes on Research Questions

  • Good research questions cannot be answered by a simple “Yes” or “No.”
  • Good research questions are OPEN-ENDED!
  • Often, they begin with words like “What,” “How,” “Why,” “To what extent,”…
  • Many times they use compelling words such as: Describe, compare, contrast…
  • A good research questions provides an opportunity for analysis, especially analyzing the successes and failures…
  • Without a research question, you have no thesis.  Without a thesis, you have no argument.  Without arguments, you have no paper.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is taking someone else’s words and/or ideas without giving that person credit. It is essential that all work handed in is your own writing, and that ideas, facts, or language which you “borrowed” from a source be properly cited (both in your paper and in your bibliography). Failure to give credit to your sources is plagiarism and will result in a failing grade and academic and behavioral consequences.