What better way to conduct a research unit than research a topic all students talk about? This unit is an energizing way to make kids eager to learn! They come in every day pumped up about the task at hand, many finishing during the class period and having no homework for me to work on! This is the unit my students talk about weeks, even years, after!
Bonus: it's also completed in a persuasive format, which allows them to hit many standards at once.
I start out by teaching them about conspiracy theories and showing them the format. After, I have them do some partner work, then they complete the project by themselves!