When I was a brand-new English teacher, I used to wonder what topics to use for research papers. The first time I tried teaching research papers, I let the students choose their own topics. Ha ha ha! Sure, I got some great research papers on skateboarding and Minecraft, but I also got some real duds.
One kid even did a so-called research paper on cow manure, just so he had an excuse to use the “sh” word in class when quoting local dairymen he had interviewed!
Kids can be soooo creative that way.
To help anyone who’s struggling with research papers, I’m going to post lists of possible research topics over the next few months. Today I’m starting with artists. Next I’ll post a list of inventors. And at the end of this series of blog posts, I’ll make a list of medieval research topics available to you.
I should also point out that English Emporium already has a ton of stuff on research papers available for you to download and print, including:
- Biographical Research Vocabulary List (Page 1)
- Biographical Research Vocabulary List (Page 2)
- WorldBook Encyclopedia Worksheet (Page 1)
- WorldBook Encyclopedia Worksheet (Page 2)
- Sample Outline for Research Paper on Careers
- Fundamental Outline Template (How to Write an Outline)
- Research Paper Flowchart for Pre-writing Exercises
- Steps in the Writing Process Video
- How to Research and Cite a Website Worksheet
- Brainstorming Career-Related Topics for Research
- Charlotte Danielson-Style Lesson Plans for Teaching Research Papers
- How to Teach Proofreading Symbols for Editing
Hopefully there’s something useful in that stack of stuff I’ve used over the 23 years that I worked as an English teacher. If you like my free, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and activities, please show your appreciation by pinning these on Pinterest, tweeting about them, and/or sharing them through other social media. Just be sure to mention where you found them!