How do you start/write a culture research paper?I have to write a paper about a culture that is here and now, I have chosen my culture, but I am having trouble on where to begin. This will be my...

How do you start/write a culture research paper?

I have to write a paper about a culture that is here and now, I have chosen my culture, but I am having trouble on where to begin. This will be my 1st one and I want to do a good job. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

pohnpei's right, without more information it will be difficult to give you the specific help you want, but here are some guidelines and suggestions I give my high school students for all of their essays, and they will work for yours as well.

Make a list, using key words only, of the main points and ideas you want to include in your paper.  For example, if you are writing about Spanish culture, you could focus on three main areas: Religion, Language and Food/Customs.  Then your list could look like this:


Catholicism, Semana Santa, Cathedral of Sevilla


Castillian Spanish, Catalan, Basque

Food and Customs:

Siesta, Paella, Chocolate, Cuarenta y tres

Now you can add as many or as few as your assignment requires, go as in depth or stay as general as you think best.  Then when you go to write your paper, organize it into these three main paragraphs, one for each category.  You can make it many more paragraphs if you have a longer assignment, one paragraph for each of your new points.  Write everything you know about these.

Write your thesis after you have written the main body, keep it to one paragraph.  Make sure you say what you need to introduce this culture and/or summarize it, and list some specifics in the thesis.  Don't explain them - save that for the body.  If a conclusion is required, then reword your thesis - say essentially the same thing, just a slightly different way.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that we on this site would be a lot more able to help you if we knew more about what it is that you need.

For example, what, exactly, is the assignment?  What exactly has your teacher assigned you to do?  Are there certain things you are supposed to talk about?  I would think that the paper topic would likely be more specific than just "write a paper about..."  If so, let us know what the specifics are.

What class are you taking?  If you don't have a topic that is any more specific than what you've told us, can you at least tell us what class it is for so we might have some better idea as to what you ought to emphasize?

Finally, what culture are you doing?  That might help us have some ideas as well.

thewanderlust878 | Student

If you are simply writing about a culture as a whole then I would recommend looking and researching at all the major points of that culture that stand out to you. For example, research what the culture is known for, what the people act, dress, speak like, the food, the most common religions, etc. 

revolution | Student

If you want to write a culture research paper, you should start about what culture do you  want to write ( what religion, what ethnic group, what language, what customs, what heritage, what social norms), about this particular type. You should start by writing about your positive experience and knowledge of the people's way of life in that culture, be it religion, science, food, philosophy, literature, history, agriculture, politics, art, media, music, entertainment, warfare and many more. If you want to write about culture, you should write one that you like best and are knowledgeable in that culture.

To write the essay, you should start by write by writing your main body before writing your thesis statement. Next, you should limit yourself to about 3-4 paragraphs, which would be about describing the culture, whatever it is, and its people who believed in it. If you want to write about America, you should write about its history, its people and way of life amongst them, and the American Dream most of them are holding onto. You should add a main page, table of contents, a big body and a small conclusion summarizing all your main points into one chunk and tidbit size in a paragraph, and then add your reference pages, where your sources come from.

tawati | Student

its on culture generally.i dont know what to do or start from.