If your students need to do an extended research essay then they will need some help with academic writing.
You should look at the following areas:
- Annexes as required
It is not necessary to require an abstract for a high school research essay, but if you want to then you will have to look at that.
Also, a theoretical section is not really necessary at this level, or a literature review as such.
With the six-part structure above and 800 – 1000 words to play with, this would break down like this:
|Part||800 word count||1000 word count|
|Introduction||100 – 150 words||~ 200 words|
|Methods||~ 150 words||~ 200 words|
|Results/Findings||~ 200 words||~ 300 words|
|Discussion||~ 200 words||~ 300 word|
|Conclusion||100 – 150 words||~ 200 words|
|References and Annexes||Do not count towards word limit.||Do not count towards word limit.|
You can use this material to help introduce your students to academic writing.
Here are three sample research essays based on these requirements:
- The essay should be based on research of some kind, with a clear research question
- There should be a minimum of 5 references
- It should be approximately 800 words in length
- Tables, figures etc and labels for such and references do not count towards the word count
Sample 1: The Iron Heel: Keywords and Collocations
Sample 2: Paul Atreides: The Hero’s Journey
Sample 3: Oil and Natural Gas: The Lifeblood of Our Civilisation