Research is essential in the Common Core Standards and that skill and its corresponding reporting out is a necessary skill for the 21st century workforce.
Nancy Polette provides 25 ways to report on an explorer (i.e. The Poetry Chant, Whose Tale is True, Mystery Report, Acrostic Report, Limericks, plus 20 more!). She then gives an example using an explorer. Blank patterns are included for students to create their own reports.