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English 10 Controversial Issues Research Project  

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The Big Picture

For this research project you will choose an issue you feel strongly about (global or local.) Research more about the problem. Identify who in the world has the power to do something now about the issue. Write a persuasive letter to that person (or group) explaining your convictions about the issue and what you would like to see changed. Research where to send your letter and address it properly.  For specific details about your assignment, find your teacher's assignment handout in the box below. The steps involved in the research process are listed and explained in the box to the right. Use the rest of this guide to help you do your research and complete your assignment.


Steps in the Research Process - AGOPPE

  • Ask Questions: 
    • Identify your research problem or question
    • Read a bit about the topic or issue
    • Analyze the problem and develop or refine questions
  • Gather Information
    • Gather keywords based on questions
    • Choose the best source of information (books, databases, periodicals, WWW, etc.)
    • Search for the information; read it carefully
    • Take notes and bibliographic information - use Noodletools, notecards, or another note-taking process
  • Organize Information
    • Summarize your findings
    • Draw conclusions and inferences
    • Use a graphical organizer to arrange the information (Noodletools will help you creat an outline, as will Inspiration and Word
  • Prepare & Produce Information
    • Decide the best medium(s) to use to communicate the information -this may be part of the assignment
    • Prepare a first draft of a written paper, speech, or PowerPoint, or prepare a script and/or storyboard
    • Prepare a Works Cited page
  • Present Information
    • Revise your first draft (use peer reviewers or a teacher to help you)
    • Revise again if necessary
    • Prepare your final product
    • Present the product to your audience
  • Evaluate Your Work and the Process
    • Evaluate the process and your product


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