Research Paper—Genocide or personal Topic Task

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Research Paper—Genocide OR Personal Topic

Your task is to become an expert on one example of genocide and explain how and why this event occurred. You will gather evidence to prove WHY genocide still happens today OR HOW people gain enough power to inspire a genocide like the Holocaust. You will locate at least 3 types of sources and use 5 sources total.

Your job as a researcher is to gather evidence to support your claim (thesis). Use source materials to prove your theory of why genocide happens today or how people gain enough power to inspire genocide.

You may also choose your own topic to research. Find a topic that interests you but you will have to make sure you write an arguable thesis statement regarding your topic. This means you will have to think of your own research question to answer about the topic. Let me know if you need help figuring out how to do this.


  1. Select an example of genocide OR any topic you’d like to research and prove something about.

  2. Find at least 3 types of sources such as newspaper or magazine articles, books, videos, documentaries, interviews, and reputable websites. 5 sources total. For example 2 websites, 1 book, 1 magazine.

  3. Create source cards to be used in creating your Works Cited page. Remember to use to help you format your source citations or refer to the library handout you will receive that gives examples.

  4. Read your research information and highlight key facts, details, or examples that you want to use in your paper or that you find very interesting or relevant.

  5. Write a thesis statement to focus your paper.

  6. Create note cards for each piece of source information that will be used in the paper. Remember to write the source number in the top left hand corner to refer to when creating your parenthetical citations in your paper.

  7. Revisit any of your source material from which you needed more information.

  8. Learn to write a works cited page and create in-text citations

  9. Organize and outline your paper.

  10. Write rough draft.

  11. Peer Edit (Bring a full rough draft to class)

  12. Revise and Edit

  13. Write final draft including Works Cited page

  14. Proofread final draft

  15. Make revisions and print


  1. Source cards for each source cited (minimum of five).

  2. Note cards (minimum of 10).

  3. Outline

  4. Rough Draft

  5. ARGUABLE THESIS STATEMENT!!! (Your thesis statement is like a hypothesis in science. It’s an educated guess that you have to prove is true.)

  6. Your final paper should clearly prove and support your thesis.

  7. Good introduction with an attention grabber.

  8. Good conclusion--restating thesis and ending with a thought provoker (tie to intro).

  9. Well organized and developed body of paper which provides examples, evidence, explanations, and details.

  10. MLA format with works cited page and in-text citations. (If this isn’t done don’t turn it in)

Paper Length: Three full pages to five pages, 12 pt font, no bold, typed, double spaced with 1” margins. In this research paper, begin with an introduction and provide three or more main points or examples along with sub points and quotes for each, and explain why they are important. Then transition to an insightful conclusion that clearly states why this is an example of genocide and who was responsible.


In 1941, Raphael Lemkin, a Polish writer and attorney, coined the word genocide by combining the Greek word 'genos' (race) with the Latin word 'cide' (killing). Genocide, as defined by the United Nations in 1948, means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, including: (a) killing members of the group (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. (


Students will select a specific world genocidal event to research. This research paper will:

  1. Explain all parties involved

  2. Explain who the victims were and why

  3. Explain the stereotypes associated with the victims

  4. Explain how the victims were captured, housed, treated, and finally murdered

  5. Explain the relevance to what you (the student) already know about the European Jewish Holocaust during World War II

    1. Are politically weaker groups murdered?

    2. Are groups used as scapegoats?

    3. What was the world’s response?

    4. What became of the perpetrators?

Possible Genocides to research:

  1. Armenian Genocide, 1915-18

  2. Rwandan Genocide, 1994

  3. East Pakistan: Genocide in East Bengal, 1971

  4. Nan King Massacre, 1937-38

  5. Cambodian Genocide, Pol Pot, 1975-79

  6. Bosnian Genocide, 1992-95

  7. Stalin’s Forced Famine on Ukrainians, 1932-33

  8. Iraq: Saddam Hussein’s Campaign in Kurdistan, 1987-88

  9. Other possibilities upon teacher approval

Research Project Rubric





5 source cards neatly written in MLA citation format

4 source cards neatly written in MLA citation format.

3 source cards neatly written in MLA citation format.

2 or less source cards written in MLA format OR cards are missing MLA format and hard to read.

10 note cards neatly written (2 per source) with page or paragraph numbers.

8 note cards neatly written with page or paragraph numbers.

4-6 note cards neatly written with page or paragraph numbers

3 or less note cards neatly written with page or paragraph numbers OR cards are hard to read or missing citations.

X2 Arguable, detailed, thesis statement

Arguable thesis statement but lacking some depth.

Thesis rambles or is an incomplete sentence but is still somewhat arguable.

Thesis statement is missing or not arguable.

Introduction has an attention grabber and thesis statement which successfully leads into the paper.

Introduction contains thesis statement and leads into the paper but attention grabber is weak.

Introduction is missing thesis statement OR attention grabber and has trouble leading into the paper.

Introduction rambles and does not contain thesis statement or attention grabber.

Conclusion restates the thesis and ends with a thought provoker. It also ties into the introduction.

Conclusion restates thesis but thought provoker is weak. Ties into the introduction.

Conclusion is missing thesis OR thought provoker AND does not tie into the introduction.

Conclusion is missing thesis AND thought provoker.

Well organized and developed body of paper which provides ample examples, evidence, explanations and details that clearly support and prove the thesis .

Well organized body of paper which provides adequate examples, evidence, explanation and details to prove the thesis.

Lacks organization OR evidence. Evidence is used without focus or reasoning is a weak. Somewhat supports thesis statement.

Lacks organization AND evidence. Uses own opinion in excess. Reasoning is weak and does not prove or support thesis.

No errors in Works Cited

title centered, evenly double spaced, hanging indent, alphabetical order, all elements of citation done included with correct punctuation.

(see example)

1-3 errors in MLA format on Works cited page.

4-5 errors in MLA format, works cited page and in-text citations

6 or more errors in MLA format, works cited page and in-text citations.

X2 No errors on in-text citations.

(see handout and example)

1-2 errors on in-text citations.

3-4 errors on in-text citations

5 or more errors on in-text citations.

X2 All MLA format requirements met. 1 inch margins, 12pt font, double spaced evenly throughout, no bold, heading on first page, header with page number.

1 error in MLA format requirements.

2-3 errors in MLA format requirements.

4 or more errors in MLA format requirements.

Outline (25)

Rough Draft (50)

Peer Edit (25)

Met Length Req. ___

Met source # Req. ___

You should have a minimum of 3 cards filled out per source (1 with the source citation and 2 with notes from the source). The point of these is to keep track of your research AS you research NOT AFTER you research so fill them out as you go!
Example Source Card

You should have 5 of these.

Source Card # 1

Berenbaum, Michael. The World Must Know. Second. Maryland:John Hopkins University Press, 2006

Example Note Card

You should have 10 of these

Note Card –Source # 1

The Nuremburg Trials “The defendants did not deny they had done those things… The most common defense was to deny

responsibility; those in the dock had merely followed the orders of a superior. If anyone was responsible, it was those

further up the chain of command” (Berenbaum 201).

Research Paper Deadlines

Research topic and working thesis: Friday, April 20 (25)
Outline and preliminary works cited page(these are two separate items): Thursday, April 26 (50)
Rough Draft: Friday, May 4 (100)
Final Publication: Monday, May 14 (100)

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