Research is great for kids. It helps them to learn about their world through asking questions, collecting information and finally analyzing it all to see if their initial hypotheses held up. This is true at all ages but at the 8th grade the choice of topics can seem a little bit limited compared to what 12th graders can accomplish. With a bit of imagination, an eighth grade student can still get a great idea for a paper just by doing the following:
There are all sorts of these if you’re willing to look. They can show you many things you need to know and expose you to concepts that you might find interesting. You even end up researching a few of them in your spare time for fun.
If you need to come up with an idea, you might find one quicker by asking your friends to help. They may even be able to work on it with you if the assignment is meant for groups. In that case it is definitely a good idea to collaborate on the topic so that everyone feels involved equally.
Sometimes a teacher can redirect the assignment so that it becomes more educational by just changing the topic slightly. This may not even be because the original idea was bad but it may be very close to something that you have to study anyway so you might as well include that other thing.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Try these out for size and then come up with a few of your own in your spare time.