|STEP 3: Prepare a draft copy.
- Think of as many subtopics as you can as you read your sources. Select three or four of the most interesting and important ones. Date to be accomplished:__________
- Write a thesis statementa sentence that states your central theme and what you will say or prove about your topic. Date to be accomplished:_________
- Prepare an outline that will lead to your draft copy. There should be several sections, depending on the teacher's requirements: introduction (with thesis statement), heading one (with details), heading two (with details), heading three (with details), summary and conclusions. Date to be accomplished:__________
- Write information from sources on note cards. Date to be accomplished:__________
- Sort the note cards according to your outline and write a first draft copy including the bibliography.Date to be accomplished:________
|STEP 4: Write the final report.
- Read your first draft copy. Check if you have said what you wanted to. Does it prove your point? Are your facts correct? Does it flow logically? Date to be accomplished:_______
- Check for mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Date to be accomplished:_______
- Rewrite the first draft copy making a second draft copy. Date to be accomplished:_______
- Ask a parent, relative, or friend to look over the second draft copy for any mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation and to see if the report flows logically. Date to be accomplished:________
- Write your final copy and include all visual aids (i.e., charts, illustrations, etc.) and a cover sheet. Date to be accomplished:_______