Unit 1: Atoms and The Periodic Table Unit Project

For this unit project, you will be conducting more research. Pay special attention to presenting your evidence. Each fact needs to be introduced, stated, cited, and interpreted.

Your research needs to include both your textbook and outside resources such as books or websites.

Your applications throughout this unit prompted you to write about the concepts that you will cover in this unit project. Begin by reviewing your applications and any teacher responses you received.

You need at least two resources besides your textbook, although more will lend strength to your argument. Make sure that your sources are credible! Wikipedia will not be acceptable for this project. As always, include supporting examples for your claims, and quote and cite throughout your paper.

For this Unit Project, plan your own research method. Here is the prompt you will address:

Explain the development of atomic theory and periodic table. Your audience should be an imaginary classmate – someone who has a surface-level knowledge, but has not studied this topic deeply.

  • Click on the link in the Red Box to view the Project Rubrics for this project.

Some points that you should consider as you are researching and composing your paper are:

  • Who were the scientists who were key figures in the development of atomic theory?
  • Who discovered which parts of the atom?
  • How did these scientists develop their model of the atom?
  • Explain disagreements between scientists and their models.
  • Explain how atoms were organized into the periodic table.

These points should all be addressed in the body of your paper. This paper should be informative in tone and purpose, and should not include your opinion.

In the conclusion of your paper, discuss the significance of this information. How does this history show us the importance of self-correction within the scientific method? Also, why is the atomic theory important to an average person’s daily life?

Your paper should be between 750-1250 words (3-5 double-spaced pages). You must include a Works Cited page (including the textbook and two credible outside resources) as well as in-text citations.

In addition to your paper, you must include a short writer’s reflection. In this reflection, describe your research process.

  • How do you find resources?
  • How do you determine if a resource is reliable?
  • How do you tell the difference between primary and secondary sources?
  • How do you take notes? What sort of technology or organizational tools do you use to keep your notes organized?
  • What steps do you use to avoid plagiarising accidentally?

This reflection must be included after the Works Cited page within the same document as your essay. This is an informal piece that should address all the questions, but does not need to be academic in tone. It should be between 100-200 words

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