Research Paper – PDF

(1 customer review)


Research Paper walks older teens through a semester-long process of writing a 5-8 page researched paper with standard formats, works cited, cover pages, and all.

This is a digital pdf download.


Research Paper is not included in the Writer’s Workshop pdf bundle or the paperback book. In this special unit, teens from 15 and up use Research Paper independently to learn research, organization, writing, and citing skills in completing a 5-8 page research paper. We recommend spending a semester (about 4 months) of your Writer’s Workshop time working methodically through the Research Paper. The student will write directly inside the Research Paper unit as well as in a word processor, on notecards, and perhaps in a notebook or on loose-leaf paper. Writing research papers is an essential college preparation skill that should be learned by graduation. Complete this unit once or twice by age 18.

Print the pdf document, put it in a binder, and have your teen work through the writing process independently step by step:

  • Find a topic
  • Write a thesis
  • Find credible books and online sources
  • Make notecards
  • Organize your paper in an outline
  • Write a draft
  • Cite sources
  • Revise
  • Edit
  • Publish

Use this unit toward the end of your teen’s high school years, age 15 or older.

More Unit Resources

Writer’s Workshop Pinterest Board


Places to Research Online

Google Scholar





Formating and Citing

MLA format guidelines

APA format guidelines





PDF Download





Product Type

Single Units



1 review for Research Paper – PDF

  1. Heather

    The description says this is for older teens – ages 15 and up. Can this be used for younger teens? I’m looking for something for my 13 year old 8th grader.

    • Layers of Learning

      It could be used for younger, advanced writers. Generally students aren’t ready for a five or ten page research paper until junior or senior year. Only you can judge if your student might be ready.

  2. tracy.dababseh

    The instructions for the prewriting activities are so well done, and make a scary thing seem so manageable.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You may also like…

Scroll to Top