In accordance with the national Common Core Standards, all eighth graders are required to write a historical research paper. Learning to write a research paper is an important element of the social studies curriculum, especially for those students considering continuing their education beyond high school. Successfully completing a research project draws together all of the skills one has mastered over the years and provides a rich sense of accomplishment. A number of the courses in high school require research papers. Therefore, the research paper will also help to prepare for the demands of the Duxbury High School curriculum.