Writing the Final Draft of a Research Paper
Write the final draft of your research paper. Be sure to follow these requirements and recommendations when completing your draft:
• Open a new Microsoft Word document. Type your name, your teacher’s name, your school name, and the date at the top of your document. To help your teacher know from whom the research paper came, save the file as:
Type your research paper in the document you create.
• The recommended length requirement for this research paper is 6–8 pages (1,800–2,400 words), double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. It is acceptable to write more than this; not developing your ideas enough to meet the length requirement may cause you to lose points.
• Check online for the due date of your final draft. Turn the final draft in by the due date to receive full credit on the assignment.
• Your final draft will be evaluated against a rubric. A copy of the rubric is attached. Read over the rubric before you submit your final draft to your teacher. The final draft assignment is worth 200 points, and you will earn points both for your research paper and for how well you incorporated the feedback you received on your first draft.
Make full use of the feedback you received on the first draft of your research paper, the Checklist for Revising a Research Paper, the Mentor Checklist for Revising a Research Paper, and the Checklist for Proofreading a Research Paper. Each of these sources of information, especially the feedback on your first draft, will help you revise your research paper to improve it. Don’t hesitate to contact your teacher if you have any questions about revising your research paper. Your teacher is there to help you.