In order to best execute an assignment you must have a full understanding of the directions and rubric. By understanding exactly what your teacher is expecting and how you will be graded, you will be able to better execute your performance. For example, the rubric may state to use five different types of sources. Without reading the rubric, you would not know the expectations for your research.
Now that you know what you are supposed to be writing about and how you should go about it, you are ready to select a topic. You want to pick a topic that is unique, interesting to you, and intriguing to others. A unique topic will generate interesting research. This appealing material will help you be more stimulated by the writing, and assist your audience in remaining engaged too.
By completing preliminary research you will be sure there is available information. Nothing is worse than deciding on a topic and then finding there is no available information for support. By doing some searching in advance you can see if your topic is under researched or overdone. The stronger the topic and available information, the better your writing.
Definite Thesis Statement
With your topic, ideas, and preliminary research you can put together a thesis statement. What is your topic and what main points do you intend to make about this topic? This information will be organized into a one to two sentence statement.
You have already completed your preliminary searching, but now you will be ready for deeper study. Take advantage of academic resources and technology. Visit your school’s library to explore many different source types. Use your preferred search engine to locate useful scholarly information online, too.
With your thesis statement and sources, you will need a plan. The best method of planning is with an outline. An outline will organize your introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion into letters and numbers. You will use this as the roadmap for your paper when writing—keeping you on point and organized.