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Twentieth Century U.S. History Research Paper  

A guide created for 8th grade students at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes Middle School to support research into twentieth century U.S. History.
Last Updated: May 5, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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AGOPPE Research Process

Every research project you conduct, whether personal or academic, follows a similar process to ensure that you are effective. While there are many ways to describe that process, the AGOPPE model is one used by many schools. 

AGOPPE research process

  • Asking Questions
  • Gathering Information
  • Organizing Information 
  • Preparing Information
  • Presenting information
  • Evaluating the product and process

This page will help you with learning details of the assignment and with asking questions and brainstorming for your topic.


Research Calendar


About the Assignment

Welcome to the pathfinder for the 8th grade Twentieth Century U.S. History Paper!


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Over the course of this year, you have studied U.S. History from 1900 to today, exploring a wide variety of themes and ideas. For this assignment, you will explore a topic of personal interest related to topics we have studied in U.S. History this year and communicate your findings through a research paper. The research skills you practice on this assignment will prepare you for the advanced research projects you will conduct in high school and college.

Length: Six substantive paragraphs with quotes from primary and secondary sources and a works cited page

Sources: 3 non-encyclopedia books (required), 1 database article (required), maximum 1 website (optional), images and multimedia sources (optional) 

Required documents: MLA notesheets for each source, website evaluation sheet (if using a web source), outline, rough draft, peer revision checklist, final draft, works cited page 

Grading: Your assignment will be worth 100 points and will be graded based on the rubric on the "Evaluating" page of this guide.

Please view the attached document for more information about assignment requirements. 


Topic Selection

Before you get started, you will need to select a topic from the attached sheet. Use a topic from the sheet below or recommend your own. Be sure to submit at least three topic choices. 


Asking Questions and Brainstorming

Asking questions and brainstorming will help you set a strong foundation for your research. The graphic organizers and questions below can help.

  • What background information do I know about my topic?
  • Who are key people associated with my topic? 
  • What key places or topics can I learn more about?
  • What larger themes or events in U.S. History is my topic connected to?


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