Writing Research Papers (Write Right!)
Learning to evaluate sources is a key part of beginning to write research papers. Information gathered from relevant informational books and websites makes a well-written paper more authoritative. Using the Common Core standards and understandable explanations, the main content takes readers through the writing of research papers, from conceptualization of the topic to a strong conclusion. An emphasis on outlining, transitions, and word choice aids readers in making their point clearly. Full-color photographs and fun fact boxes enliven a language arts topic that can be used in classes of all kinds.
It's one thing to assign a book report or opinion paper to your child, but quite another to explain the process he'll go through. I really like this series of books because they take each part of the writing process and break it down into clear, easy to follow steps. Written to be read by the student, they make a nebulous, potentially overwhelming assignment less complicated with clear, illustrated explanations not just of what to do, but how to do it. Each focuses on a specific, common type of writing and shows the student the entire process from selecting a topic to revising the final draft, along with excerpts and, in some books, the entire finished assignment. There's a glossary at the end of each book and, though I doubt the endeavor could be made much clearer, A For More Information page which suggests additional resources. Pb, 24 pgs each.
These materials are resources for the teacher or student, offering instruction and ideas for teaching children to write but not providing "in-book" assignments/practice.