Writing Workshop: Conducting Research to Write an Informative Essay

Which best describes a strong research question for an informative essay?
A strong research question goes beyond common knowledge, inspires curiosity, and can be discussed in several paragraphs.
__________ includes creating an outline to help organize facts and details that answer the research question in an informative essay.
Prewriting
Strong transitions in an informative essay
show readers how reasons support claims.
Which is the most effective thesis statement?
FDR was the greatest president because he established unprecedented measures that helped end the Great Depression.
What types of details should a draft of a research-based essay contain? Check all that apply.
paraphrased information
facts that relate to the topic
quotations that illustrate ideas to convey
Which best describes a strong thesis statement in an informative essay?
It combines the topic of the essay with the writer’s viewpoint.
When is it most useful to conduct an Internet search description?
during an initial evaluation of a source
When revising an informative essay draft, writers must ensure they have
supported their thesis with details.
When revising a draft, word choice should support the writing’s
voice and tone.
When writing an informative essay, the best way to make sure Internet information is reliable is to use
URLs ending in .gov, .org, or .edu.
Read the paragraph.

Theodore Roosevelt was the greatest president because as a leader of the Progressive Party, he brought about much-needed social, political, and economic reform. One of his economic reforms was to break up many large business trusts. By doing so, he took economic power out of the hands of the wealthy and powerful corporations and placed it in the hands of the ordinary people. Theodore Roosevelt’s reform policies, known as the Square Deal, helped to give the average citizen an equal share of opportunities.

Which sentence is the thesis of this paragraph?

Theodore Roosevelt was the greatest president because as a leader of the Progressive Party, he brought about much-needed social, political, and economic reforms.
Read the statements.

Surely you can see that President Theodore Roosevelt was by far the greatest president ever. He was a big reason why we beat the Axis Powers during WWII.

Which best describes the word choice of these statements?

informal and subjective
When revising an informative essay draft, writers must ensure they have
supported their thesis with details.
Read a citation for an informative essay below.

Jones, Adam. Government and Justice in Ancient Rome. Los Angeles: Liberty Press, 2011. Print.

What information is missing from the citation?

The source is not numbered.
Which best describes a good reference for an informative essay?
The source is reliable and knowledgeable.
Read this excerpt from a works cited page for an informative essay.

Works Cited

Ferry, Christopher. Racial Change in Civil War America. New York: Sunspot Press, 2011. Print.

“Underground Railroad.” World Book Online. 2012. Web. 20 December 2012. .

Which best describes the two citations?

The two citations provide information on how to locate the sources.
Read the citation below, which is from a computer file.

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“Underground Railroad.” World Book Online. 2012. Web. 20 December 2012. .

Which best explains why “2012” appears twice in the citation?

The first appearance tells when the article was produced, while the second appearance tells when the article was cited by the essay writer.