Hi Lorraine! ------------ It's been several years since "we" were in 6th grade, but is this the paper connected to World Geography?? If I'm thinking of the right composition, then my dd wrote a paper on the Castles of Ireland....... We followed Calvert's outline in working on the project -- keeping notes on index cards, writing references as she went along, checking things off as they were completed........ Though it was a lengthy project, my dd had little difficulty finishing it. She also got high marks on it, so she must've done something right!!
----------- It sounds to me like you are 'thinking too deeply'....... This is a 6th grade term paper, NOT a college thesis!! haha!! Sounds like you are stressing too much over it......If I were you, I would stick with the information Calvert provides in working on the paper and leave it at that! Though I'm sure your research has been helpful in some ways, you may be complicating the process more than you need to........................... (Remind me of this next year when my younger dd is in 6th grade, and I'm stressing over the same paper!!!)