Teenagers are in that middle ground between childhood and adulthood. The Constitution of the United States promises citizens rights, but it only makes mention of age regarding voting rights and the ages at which people can run for particular offices. However, there are laws and Supreme Court decisions that make an impact on the freedoms of teenagers in a way that doesn’t affect the rights of adults.
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Teen Rights Research Paper
Research a few of the topics from our list. Read a few articles on topics of interest to you and make sure there are several articles you can find on your eventual topic of choice.
Then write a five to seven paragraph research paper which supports your chosen view of the topic.
Your paper must:
have an effective grabber
have a lead-in to your thesis
have a thesis statement that is the last sentence of your first paragraph
have three to five focused, well-organized and researched supported paragraphs
use academic voice (no use of “I” or “we”, no contractions (can’t, won’t, couldn’t,) etc.
research from five credible and varied sources - no Wikipedia except a bronze star page may be used. You must use some sources other than web pages--have a variety.
research must have internal citations and must be documented in a works cited following MLA format.
direct quotes from research must be woven into the text and not “quote dumped.” Use LQCA or the quote sandwich method of weaving in quotes.
have a conclusion that answers the questions “Why is this topic important?” or “So what?” and makes a connection to the reader. It should not just summarize previously stated ideas.
The John Stark Research Paper Rubric will be used to grade this paper.
Suggested Outline of Paper:
* Note: No first or final draft of this paper will be accepted without note cards, vetted sources and a works cited page. Your teacher may ask you at any time to print out your sources. Be prepared.
*A note about plagiarism: Plagiarism is when you take someone’s idea or words and put them in your paper without giving the author proper credit. This means that even when you paraphrase an idea, you must cite where the idea came from. See the John Stark Handbook’s definition on plagiarism. Any first or final draft that contains plagiarism will result in a zero on that assignment. The student who has plagiarized will have to start the project again with a new topic in order to meet the research paper learning targets for the course.
Meets Learning Targets 3.1 to 3.6 on the Course Competency Form for Sophomore English