Research Paper format for Middle School
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Section 1

Introduce your paper by describing the topic you studied, as well as “how” you studied it. The “how” can include the types of information you used for your research such as books, articles, web sites, interviews, experiments or other research papers.

Introduction

This research paper was designed to investigate [describe your research topic.] For this research, I consulted [list what information you used to do your research. Hint: this could be books, interviews, web sites or other research papers.]



Section 2

Here, you state your own position on the topic you are studying. For example, if your topic is climate change, you would state whether you believe that climate change is a serious problem or not. Or, you could state exactly which factors you believe contribute to climate change. The point is to take a specific stand on your topic.

Thesis

Possible ways to write a research paper thesis include:


“The risks of [name of topic or behavior] outweigh the benefits.” (e.g. The risks of using Asprin outweigh the benefits.)


OR


“The biggest contributors to [name of topic or behavior] are [name the main causes.] (e.g. The biggest contributors to climate change are overpopulation and air pollution.)



Section 3

You may have as many subtopic paragraphs as you need. Your subtopic paragraph will introduce another important idea that supports your thesis. Your subtopic paragraph should start with a topic sentence that supports your thesis.



Subtopic 1

An important aspect of [My Topic] is [describe a fact about your topic.] This was discussed in the [book/article/research paper] called [“title of book/article/research paper”] by [Name of Author.]


Section 4

You may have as many subtopic paragraphs as you need. Your subtopic paragraph will introduce another important idea that supports your thesis. Your subtopic paragraph should start with a topic sentence that supports your thesis.

Subtopic 2

Understanding [My Topic] is incomplete without researching [describe a subtopic or an idea closely related to your main topic.] This information can be found in the  [book/article/research paper] called [“title of book/article/research paper”] by [Name of Author.]



Section 5

The conclusion is your last chance to wrap up your essay and make sure your reader understands your main point. Your conclusion should show your reader that you either proved your argument true or explained your topic well. Your conclusion should start with a topic sentence that restates your thesis.

Conclusion

[My Topic] has been extensively studied, proving that [restate your thesis.]


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