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ERIC Number: ED358470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 7
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Boning up for the Research Paper: A Mock Trial.
Boyle, Kevin
Research papers produced by students in college composition classes are often boring, poorly written, and disappointing. One way to help students overcome their inability to write decent research reports is to assign them the task of handing in a three page trial-run mock research paper about three weeks before the final essay is due. They must create a piece in which they argue a position different from the one they anticipate taking for the final piece. This mock paper is written from the point of view of a fake persona which the student creates, and none of the research or quotes in the paper are real. The better students usually create a humorous narrator with little intellectual acumen, and the paper is funny and readable. Other students begin to see, by trying to argue against their supposed points, that their argument is slim and in need of major revision. For students who tend to plagiarize, the exercise forces them to wear the mask of authenticity. Finally, all of the dull laws regarding citation can be checked in the mock research paper. Overall, the teacher gets papers from students who are learning to experiment with their real voices and thus produce some of the most lively writing of the semester. (HB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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