This graphic organizer is great for thinking of ideas/brainstorming.
We used it to think of research questions that related to what we are already learning. I modeled one as a class, let them do one with a partner, then had them do the last two on their own.
I was seriously so impressed with their research questions! and it lead to awesome projects that the students really cared about. We were studying Animal Farm, and one student's research questions was: Why do people lie? And he shared with me that he thinks his little sister lies to get attention. Another student's research was: What makes a good leader? She shared that she was the president of of youth club, and what she was learning about made her a better club president. So cool.
CCSS aligned with Writing Standard 7.