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How to Write the Perfect Research Paper

Kandy Crosby-Hastings
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In this 6-week class, students will learn to research, edit, format and write a four to seven-page research paper.

Class Experience

US Grade 4 - 7
  • Students will learn to find sources for a research topic, take notes over the sources, write a rough draft, proofread, edit, and format a research paper according to the guidelines set by the Modern Language Association.
I have a master's degree in professional writing.  
Homework Offered
At the end of each week, students will be given a portion of their research to conduct or paper to write for the next week's class. Homework could take anywhere between two and four hours, depending upon the individual student. Students will be expected to read enough of the sources to be familiar with the topic presented and the viewpoint of the authors.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I will assign each student a final letter grade based upon their understanding of the content presented in class and their final research paper. These grades will be privately messaged to the students and their parents after the final class.
Grades Offered
Students will need access to a computer with a word processing software in order to complete their research papers.  They will also need to bring to class materials to take notes such as paper or notecards and a pen or pencil. Students will need to have access to the internet and/or print sources (books and/or periodicals) to conduct their research.  They will also need their own copy of the formatting guide for the Modern Language Association.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be able to choose their area of research, within reason.  The topic must be one over which scholarly research can be conducted. 
We will refer to the Modern Language Association formatting guide in this class.  
Joined June, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree
Master's Degree in History
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies
Bachelor's Degree in Education
My name is Kandy Crosby-Hastings. I teach history, classic literature, and writing classes. I have two sons who were homeschooled from preschool through their high school graduation. I also have experience working in the public school system and... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
55 min

Completed by 203 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
2-6 learners per class

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