I used this rubric to grade my students projects on a research paper. I used this with third grade students to get them used to taking notes about animals and writing an expository essay about it.
We used national geographic, among other websites to find research.We also used some national geographic books to get information and they took notes on what they learned.
Then, they wrote a 3 paragraph paper- an introduction, body paragraph and closing to tell what they learned. They needed to edit/revise and then write a final copy and draw a picture on construction paper!