Students will research, individually or with a partner, the
history and consequences of fire on a particular public land area in
Utah. Examples are:
The paper will be 10-12 pages in length and be evaluated in terms of
Introduction: What is the research question/topic?
Does this section clearly and briefly describe the purpose,
importance, and plan of the paper? Does the rest of the paper follow
through from the introduction?
Conclusion: Are the main points summed up? Are the
conclusions related to the research question?
Content: Does the paper provide a complete and accurate
discussion of the research question/topic using examples from the
literature? Does it demonstrate critical thinking when evaluating
ideas? Are the conclusions explained and backed by reasons/sources?
Writing: Are the sentences clear? Do they flow in logical
order to make a persuasive case? Are their grammatical errors?
Citations: Are in-text citations appropriately used to
credit all material from other sources?
Are there no more than 4 web sites? Are there at least 3
peer-reviewed scholarly sources?