In this unit, students will be researching a controversial issue which has opposing opinions. Topics will vary, but students should choose something that they are interested in learning more about, something that they want to investigate, and something that they have not previously researched. Your topic must be something that students have a passion to learn about because without this drive, they will wallow in misery for the next 3-4 weeks. Therefore, they must be certain to spend considerable time thinking about and exploring your topic choice and be flexible to change it if need be early in the research process. They will eventually type a persuasive research paper with five pages of text (approximately 1500-2000 words) along with one outline page and one Works Cited page that will present their topic and investigation.