A GUIDE TO WRITING A CAUSE AND EFFECT RESEARCH PAPER

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What is a Cause and Effect Research Paper?

You’re probably wondering what this “freshman research paper writing assignment” is all about. Someone may have even told you, “It’s this paper that they make you write during your freshman year on topics like fish, turtles, birds or other science stuff.” Well, that’s not exactly right . . . or wrong. Actually, all students entering Richmond Community High School (RCHS) (freshmen and transfer sophomores) are required to write a cause and effect research paper that has an environmental science theme during their first year at the school. Each year, this research paper focuses on the student’s mandatory freshman mini-mester trip to the Chesapeake Bay.

The assignment is designed to be an introduction to the research paper process for students that includes careful, comprehensive reading and understanding of a chosen topic; clear organization; documentation of citations; list of references; and adherence to a prescribed format. Students will complete the research paper before the minimester experience, and will present it orally in the Spring of freshman year. In addition to being a graduation requirement for RCHS, the completion of a well-written cause and effect research paper will help develop students’ logical reasoning, decision-making, research, time management and public speaking skills.

Because the research paper has an environmental science theme, ninth grade science teachers have committed to providing time to monitor and assist students with the preparation of this important writing assignment. The English/language arts teachers will also be available periodically to support students. Special tutorial sessions will be held after school and during select activity blocks to assist students with preparing the research paper; session dates will be announced during morning community meetings, family meeting and in science and English classes.

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