Research Paper Workbook: Explanatory Informative Essay Writing Workbook

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Engage your students in the research writing process and meet the Common Core Standards for explanatory - informative writing!

The Research Paper Workbook is designed to walk students step-by-step through the research writing process. Each step includes valuable information for students to learn about research writing, and these steps can be used as a checkpoint for you to conference with students and progress monitor to guide them during the writing process. All content is editable* so you can modify the workbook to fit the needs of your students. It also comes with both print and digital options.

*Please note the clip art and headings are not editable due to copyright and terms of use of the artists and designers.

Steps included:

  1. What is research? - identifying a topic
  2. Discovery day - narrowing down to a topic
  3. That is the question - understanding and writing research questions
  4. Annotated bibliography - evaluating sources
  5. Under the umbrella - finding common themes/keywords
  6. Take note - writing notes that align to the subtopics/keywords
  7. Get ready to write - understanding the assignment
  8. What's the source? - using sources in the paper and formatting a references page

What's included?

  • Editable PowerPoint workbook
  • Editable Google Slides workbook
  • Teacher's directions

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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).


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