Before we jump into the first week of our research paper, let’s take a look at our plan for the next three weeks:
WEEK ONE: Pick a Topic; begin research—compile information on note cards; document sources in research booklet.
WEEK TWO: Finish research and develop an outline
WEEK THREE: Turn outline into a rough draft and then a final, polished research paper.
I’ve included instructions throughout My First Research Paper (Get Organized and Get it Done!) that will help guide you through each week, so I won’t repeat all that in this post. Instead, we’ll take a look at an example of how our first week went.
Annelise picked Moose to research (which is pretty fun since she has seen a few around our home). We went to the library and were able to find a good book in the junior non-fiction section that described the Moose in detail. She spent Tuesday reading/looking through the book. On Wednesday we went over the Research Booklet, Prompted Notecards and completed a Bibliography of the book that she found at the library. I also showed her how to begin taking notes on the notecards (writing simple phrases and focusing on the facts in the text). She spent about twenty minutes that afternoon and Thursday filling in the notecards.