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Research Paper Writing Prompt: Writing Task

Your class has just finished learning about viruses and bacteria, as well as how to prevent the spread of disease.  You wish to learn more about one of these pathogens and think it is important that your classmates understand your argument for studying the virus or bacteria. 

  • Write a research paper stating your argument or  position (thesis).
  • Support your argument or position by summarizing your research and citing evidence from your three resources.
  • Explain your reasons with specific details.Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. 

Research Paper: Guiding Questions

Introduction Paragraph

  • What is the name of the virus or bacteria that causes this disease?  Is it a virus or bacteria?
  • When was this disease first discovered?  Where in the world or in the U.S., is this pathogen most commonly found?  When/where are the most recent outbreaks of the infection?

Body Paragraph

  • How is this disease transmitted?
  • What are the symptoms of infection?
  • What is the end result of this disease? Do people recover? Is it fatal?

Body Paragraph

  • How do people prevent this disease from spreading?
  • What are the treatments for this disease?

Body Paragraph

  • Have there been any major outbreaks of this disease? When?  Where?  What happened as a result of the outbreak?
  • What is the importance of this pathogen today and/or in history?  OR  Why should people know about this disease?

Conclusion Paragraph

  • What is the future outlook for this disease? 
  • Will it increase or decrease in the future? 

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Small Pox
Small Pox

Choose one of the following diseases

  • Anthrax
  • Bronchitis
  • Chicken pox
  • Cholera
  • Dengue Fever
  • Lyme Disease
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mononucleosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • West Nile

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