Research paper

Posted by siugrad30 on March 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Dear St. George parents:

On April 5, 2013, your son or daughter will be submitting a research paper assigned on February 25, 2013. Over that time, we’ve discussed the importance of plagiarism, MLA citations, proper formatting, and writing techniques. The students received a copy of the rubric with very explicit details of the assignment and resource guide. I’ve also posted resource materials on my website at The reason for the message is simple. Worth 100 points, this paper is worth more than 3x the amount I typically assign for a writing paper and the reason is simple. From middle school through college, research writing plays an instrumental part in your child’s academic lives. The understanding of how to produce a well-written paper with clear thesis, information, and citations at this age will benefit them greatly over the next 9-11 years.

Saying this, I want you to know each student is responsible for submitting this assignment with a USB drive or via email based solely on my ability to run each child’s paper through a plagiarism checker. Prior to submission, I am requesting each student to check his or her own work on sites like

If my plagiarism checker returns with a score over 20% (6th grade), 18% (7th grade), and 15% (8th grade), your son or daughter will automatically receive a zero on their grade. I stress that each of your children focus on making sure they are using their own words to accurately convey their message rather than the simplistic task of copying and pasting.

If you have any questions for me, please email me at [email protected]


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