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10th Lit/Comp Research Packet

Informative/Persuasive Research Paper

Man’s Inhumanity to Man

ELA10W3: The student uses research and technology to support writing.

ELA10W1: The student produces writing that establishes an appropriate organizational structure, sets a context and engages the reader, maintains a coherent focus throughout, and signals closure.


William Golding says of Lord of the Flies that “The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature.”


Your research paper for this semester will center on discovering the truth (or lack thereof) behind this statement.  To do this, you will choose one example of man’s inhumanity to man and, in a well-developed essay of three to five pages, examine the history of this inhumanity, the evidence of this inhumanity across cultures, and the reasons for this inhumanity.  Consider the philosophy we have studied, along with any injustices, prejudices, or mistreatment that you can think of in our society or in societies that came before us as valid topics for your paper. You should be answering the question: Is this inhumanity the fault of society or the fault of human nature?


  • minimum 3 typed pages (MLA format—NO MORE than 5 pages)

  • minimum 4 sources; one of these MUST BE from Hobbes or Rousseau

  • minimum of 5-10 notes per source

  • detailed outline

  • rough draft

  • final draft with complete Works Cited

When you turn in your final draft, you will be turning in the following:

  • all practice exercises done in research process

  • Online bibliography and note cards or pages of notes with bibliography sources written on top (minimum 4 sources)

  • detailed outline with thesis statement

  • completed/edited rough draft

Final draft typed. Everything should be placed in a manila envelope — do not staple together

Research Paper Topics

Armenian genocide

Braceros/Bateys in Dominican Republic



Child Slavery

Children soldiers



Sierra Leone

Rwanda (1994 genocide)


Earthquake in Haiti

Ethnic Cleansing in former Yugoslavia

Child Labor

Mistreatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic

Native Americans

Japanese Internment Camps

9/11 and/or terrorism

Hate Crimes

The Ukraine Genocide

The Cambodian Genocide

Operation Search Light

The Mississippi Burning Case of 1964

The Execution of Troy Davis

Discrimination against

Dates to know:

Media Center for initial research: February 25th and 26th

Bibliography page due: March 1st

Media Center to work on outline: March 4th

Outline due: March 6th

Media Center to work on outlines and rough drafts: March 6th

Rough Draft due: March 11th

Media Center to work on final draft: March 14th

Final Draft due: March 18th

Write 6-10 questions you want to answer in the course of your research. Do not write yes/no questions or questions that require only short answers.
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Thesis Statements/Intros

A thesis statement:

  • Tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.

  • Is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.

  • Directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.

  • Makes a claim that others might dispute.

  • Is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.

Example Thesis Statements

In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the characters of Lennie and Crooks to develop the themes of Naturalism, in which many “common people” were considered victims of forces beyond their control

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was written to warn future generations against the dangers of advanced technology and rampant consumerism within society.
Your Thesis Statement:

Your thesis statement should be the last, or next to last, sentence of your introduction. The other sentences in your introduction should “build up” to your thesis statement. In other words, your thesis should be the most specific part of your intro. Begin with a broad idea, and link each sentence to the next, getting more and more specific as your intro continues until you get to the thesis statement.
Practice writing an intro here:


Student Name

Teacher’s last name

10th Literature and Composition

Date (Day Month Year)

Paper Title


Thesis: Write the actual one sentence thesis statement.
Body Paragraphs:

  1. Complete sentence expressing a main idea to support the thesis.

  1. For all capital letters, put a phrase representing what you will offer as proof from your research to support the main idea.

  1. Phrase of specific support/details/examples/statistics

  2. More specific support

  1. Same as A

  1. Same as above

  2. Same as above

  1. Another main idea to support the thesis. Each body paragraph must have a main idea. You will have as many roman numerals as you have body paragraphs.

  1. Continue your outline as it is above. For every A, you must have a B. For every 1, you must have a 2. This is just an example, so do not expect to have only two body paragraphs.


Write a sentence that summarizes the main ideas of your paper. Your paper should come full circle here, which is why you restate your thesis (but not verbatim) in this paragraph.

Redding Research Paper Checklist

Name: ____________________ Period: ________

Directions: Use this checklist as a guide and staple it to the final copy of your research paper which due on Monday, March 18th. Along with the final copy of your paper, please place your bibliography page, thesis page, outline, and rough draft in a manila envelope or folder for collection.

___ 1. Length (at least 3 full pages, not including the Works Cited page)

___ 2. Thesis Statement

___ 3. Introduction (thesis statement at the end of this paragraph)

___ 4. Topic sentences introducing main points of each paragraph

___ 5. Minimum of 2 in-text citations per body paragraph (alternating between direct quotes, paraphrasing, and summarizing)

___ 6. Conclusion

___ 7. Works Cited Page (minimum of 4 sources in your paper, one of which is from Hobbes or Rousseau)

___ 8. MLA Format:

___ a. Typed in twelve point font (Times New Roman)

___ b. Double-spaced

___ c. One inch margins all around

___ d. Correct heading on first page

___ e. Heading and page numbers from page 2 through the end of the paper

___ f. Correctly formatted Works Cited

___ 10. Black ink only

___ 11. Spelling and grammar check

___ 12. Rough draft with comments and peer editing worksheet

___ 13. Outline

___ 14. Bibliography page

___ 15. receipt


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