Research Paper | Digital and Print

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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  • Internet Activities
40 pages
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Looking for a complete elementary research writing unit? This elementary research paper resource is a step-by-step guide with topics, examples, and a research paper outline. Common Core aligned complete unit included, no-prep!

This elementary research paper unit includes:

  • Pages for:
    • Brainstorming topics
    • Researching possible topics
    • Research log with guiding questions
    • Blank research log
    • References page (several options to use)
    • Detailed outline pages for organizing information
    • Example essay
    • Example references page
    • Grading rubric
  • Digital Google Slides version to use with distance learning
  • Grading Rubric
  • Example Research Essay

Students conduct their own research, fill out the organizers, and write a research paper on the topic of their choice.

Looking for more elementary writing resources? Check out this Text-Based Information Essay Unit!


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⭐ A fifth grade teacher said, “Such a great tool to use graphic organizers and learn how to organize a research paper.”

Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.


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