Because SST-Discovery staff knows that cross curricular cooperation is essential for student success the English department is working with the science department to prepare students for this year’s Science Fair. As part of the Science Fair requirements students must write a research paper about their experiment. This year middle school students are covering expository (informational) text first, so they are familiar with what this should look like. They will also utilize some class time to work on their paper. This paper will be due to English teachers, as a major grade, on October 5, 2011.
For English class students papers must be typed and meet all of the following criteria. English teachers will grade for structure, grammar, completeness, as well as citation format, but not the validity of the content. This is the criteria for the English paper, students may have different criteria for their Science Fair paper. Science teachers will discuss this.
Students may use front and back of pages, but note that Science requires front only.
12 point Times New Roman font. Either double spaced or have 1.5 spacing.
Use single space between sections or parts. 10 points
Introduction: Paper must introduce the purpose of the experiment and have a hypothesis. The student should identify and variables and provide background information. 10 points
Materials: List materials used. 10 points
Procedure: List steps in chronological order. Give description of the steps. Photos, drawings, diagrams, etc maybe used to assist in clarity of directions. 15 points
Conclusion: Students need to refer back to their hypothesis and state whether or not data agrees or supports hypothesis. What was learned? 10 points
Work Cited page: This must have proper MLA citation and include all references and sources. 10 points