Here is a very simple approach to writing a research paper. This approach tells students how to write a ten page paper – but it also works for a longer piece of work . For a ten page paper, you ask five basic questions. For a longer piece of work, such as a book, fill a page or two with questions – answer each question and you have a book. Having published over ten books, I know this works.
Let’s take a look at the Five Question Approach:
The Five Question Approach
How can you possibly write ten pages on any subject? The teacher must be insane making you write that much. Relax. Actually it is very easy to write an ten page paper, if you use the Five Question Approach
Here is how it works Ask five key questions about your subject. Then research each question and write two pages with the info you find. It is that easy. Make each question a subhead of the paper. Thus you have an opening, five sections and a conclusion. Easily ten pages.
Let’s look at an example. For instance- and I am just pulling this topic out of the air – let say someone assigns you a paper about Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn – hmm.
Section One: Who was Custer? What was his background?
Section Two: What reasons prompted Custer to be out looking for the Indians. What caused the Indian uprising?
Section Three: Who was Custer’s opponent? What was his background? What were his motivations
Section Four: What were the key elements that lead to the slaughter of Custer and his men?
Section Five: What effect did the battle have on the American scene. What were the repercussions of the battle.
And there you have it. Ask the questions, answer them in detail and you have a ten page paper. Ask even more questions and you have a book.
By the way – just answer a question a week and your book will be finished before you know it!