Wilderness Survival: Surviving in the Wilderness

Mode:  Research

Length: 6 to 8 pages (At least 6 full body pages with the Works Cited counting as page 7, and no more than 8 body pages with the Works Cited counting as pages 9 and 10)

Font: Times or Calibri or similar (a clean, easy to read font)

Font size: 12

Spacing: Double spaced (does not need more than double space between paragraphs)

 

Writing Elements to consider or include:

Have a title

Use action verbs instead of forms of the verb to be (limit the use of was and is)

Have paragraphs approx. 5 sentences long, about 4 paragraphs per page

Use examples from the book Into the Wild to make your some of your points

Use examples from your research to inform the reader

 

Requirements:

 

Use MLA research paper format: Include at least 2 block quotes. Use plenty of direct quotes. Use a few paraphrases. View the MLA format lesson. See the example paper.

 

Include a Works Cited page (or 2 pages) that is alphabetical, reverse indented, and double spaced.

 

At least 14 research sources for an A or B paper.  Minimum of 10 to earn a C.  Research sources can include: TV, video, radio, magazines, books, posters, performances, first hand research, observations, encyclopedias, journals, interviews, and professional articles (at least 25% of research must come from non-internet sources).

 

Interviews: Find two people who know something about wilderness survival and interview them.

Examples: Ski Patrol, Rescue Dog owners, Sheriff, Search and Rescue Volunteers, Someone who got lost in the wilderness, Boy Scout instructor, Military Survival Instructor, Member of a military team, Instructor at a private Wilderness Survival School, Park Ranger, Whitewater Rafting Guide, Hunting Guide

 

Focusing your topic:  Pick 2 or 3 specific areas to focus on within wilderness survival and conduct research to find evidence that would inform the reader about these subtopics.  Examples: Desert Survival, Ocean survival, Forest Survival, Accidental Survival (getting stranded when not expecting to), Finding Water, Finding Food, Mental Aspects, Rescue, Building Shelter, or others.

 

Showing to make paper interesting: Include a few real-life examples that show wilderness survival situations that illustrate your specific areas of focus. A good place to put a real life example is in the introduction to gain the interest of the reader.

 

Summary:  Conclude your paper with a summary of the information that you presented.  You may include references to your real-life examples in the summary.

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