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Classroom Resources for teachers

Kate L. Turabian’s Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers is dedicated to helping students write a well-reasoned, coherent research paper. Time-tested and teacher-approved, this book will prepare students to be better critical thinkers and help them develop a sense of inquiry beginning in the high school classroom.

Developed and tested by high school teachers nationwide, the ancillary materials posted here are intended for classroom use alongside the fifth edition of the Student's Guide.

Topic Sheets

These topic sheets are meant to help guide your classroom discussions and provide a framework for the teaching of research writing. The sheets follow the sequence of the book, and highlight some of the most important concepts students need to learn to become accomplished researchers and writers. Download PDFs of each topic below or download all 26 topics in one PDF.

  1. Why Research?
  2. Choosing a Topic: Research Questions
  3. Core of an Argument = Claim + Research + Evidence
  4. Plan Your Research Around the Questions of Argument
  5. How to Plan Your Time
  6. Finding a Research Question
  7. Academic Language of Research—Assignments
  8. Academic Language of Research—How to Position Your Idea
  9. Tell and Retell Your Elevator Story
  10. Finding Relevant and Reliable Sources
  11. Write as You Read
  12. How Arguments Grow from Questions
  13. Academic Language of Research—Acknowledging
  14. Academic Language of Research—Responding
  15. Planning Your Draft
  16. Working Through Writer's Block: Getting Unstuck
  17. When to Quote, Paraphrase, or Summarize
  18. Academic Language of Research—Verbs for Introducing a Quotation or Paraphrase
  19. Three Principles for Citing Sources
  20. The Dramatic Pattern of Introductions and Fairy Tales
  21. Writing an Introduction
  22. Drafting a Conclusion
  23. Writing Your Title
  24. Revising Your Draft: Shape (Organization), Introduction and Conclusion, Sentence Level
  25. Five Principles for Clear Sentences
  26. Accepting Feedback