My fifth graders write their first "official" research paper as part of the Science Fair process at our school. I have created frames for the five paragraph essay to help the children organize all the facts and data they find while researching. Children who do not need the frame are encouraged to write the paper independently, but it is available for anyone who needs it. I think the research paper frame is an invaluable tool for bridging the way to independent research writing in the upper grades. Stacy @ http://new-in-room-
1 Historical review: Some topics are better understood if a brief historical review of the topic is presented to lead into the discussion of the moment. Such topics might include "a biographical sketch of a war hero," "an upcoming execution of a convicted criminal," or "drugs and the younger generation." Obviously there are many, many more topics that could be introduced by reviewing the history of the topic before the writer gets down to the nitty gritty of his paper. It is important that the historical review be brief so that it does not take over the paper.