This year we wrote our research papers in a different form. We made a "dossier." Using Microsoft Publisher or a similar software, we wrote the same paper but it looked different. I found that by allowing them the use of graphics, design, illustration and color, I had better papers and a higher number of students turned in the paper.
The preview file is the assignment sheet and a sample. The product file is the template that I gave the students--no easy task to create, but it's done and made for you! I hope you use it and enjoy it! We did.