Mineral or Rock Research Paper Instructions
Write a short research paper between 450-550 words on any one mineral or rock of your
choice. Include illustrations if they are clearly labeled and informative. Use any source of
information except Wikipedia.com. When using the internet be discerning and look for reliable
unbiased sources, something with a .org or .gov extension to the url. Do not copy and paste
from your sources, write the paper in your own words, you must submit your paper via Turnitin
a plagiarism checking app that allows you and me to see if passages of text have been lifted
directly from previously published material. Plagiarism is “the practice of taking somebody
else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own” notice I put quotes around that
definition because I took it from the google dictionary
(https://www.google.com/search?q=Dictionary). I will grade your paper using the following
Introduce the mineral or rock and state what made you pick this one. 10 points.
Describe the mineral or rock in detail, use the correct terminology. 20 points.
Give some basic information about where and how it is formed (process of formation
and source material) and the kind of plate tectonic setting in which we find it. 20 points.
Describe any economic uses for the rock or mineral. 20 points.
Write a short conclusion summarizing everything. 10 points.
10 points for spelling, punctuation and grammar accuracy.
10 points for citation of sources in a clear and consistent format of your choice.
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