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Research Paper Rough Draft


This packet will help you outline and write the rough draft of your research paper.
You will write a 5 paragraph essay that cites sources on a famous person and how they
overcame obstacles.
Each page of this packet will be a paragraph of your rough draft.

Brainstorm-select the main ideas and supporting details you want to write about. Use an outline
or graphic organizer or your choice.
Introduction
Hook this begins your introduction
What is interesting about this persons life? Hook your readers with an interesting fact or
quote that might make them curious about this person.
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Brief Summary this introduces your person or interesting time in their lives
Describe the basic facts about your person and their accomplishments as if your reader
wouldnt know who he/she is.
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Thesis the main argument of your entire essay

Finish with a sentence that introduces the main idea of each body paragraph (your thesis).

Example: Although Nelson Mandela faced racism, he persevered by believing in his education,
his rights as a citizen, and the future of his country.
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First body paragraph

Topic sentence write a sentence that describes the first main obstacle they overcame
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Transition summarize the main idea and connect it to the next paragraphs topic
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Second body paragraph

Topic sentence write a sentence that describes the second main obstacle they overcame
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Transition summarize the main idea and connect it to the next paragraphs topic
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Third body paragraph

Topic sentence write a sentence that describes the third main obstacle they overcame
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Transition summarize the main idea and connect it to the next paragraphs topic
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Topic sentence write a sentence that describes the main idea of this paragraph
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Evidence Supporting details about the obstacle from one of your sources
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Explanation or Inference what this evidence shows about the person
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Conclusion Paragraph

Conclusion You can do it!

People remember the end of your essay the most. You want to end on a strong, bold note. Heres
how you can do that:

- Include new and interesting ideas from your research notes or body paragraphs.

- Tell people how they can think or act differently now that they know this information

- Write an exciting story about the persons life and what we can learn from them.

DONT just repeat your introduction.

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Concluding Thought end with your most powerful idea about how people can persevere

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