Large research papers are daunting tasks for students - one way to make the process less intimidating is through educational scaffolding. Scaffolding, or breaking an assignment into smaller chunks, helps students navigate the research process by going from topic to a final paper through low-stakes assignments and activities to keep students on track. Below are some suggestions for scaffolding the 490 research paper:
The following assignment template is an example that can be modified for your class needs. It was designed using some of the techniques from UNLV's Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed project. Download and edit the Word document, or view the embedded PDF below.