Steps Writing Research Paper Elementary

Recently I assigned my kids a very simple research paper.  One that still allowed them plenty of imagination.  But, the concept behind this early elementary research paper is still sound.  Then I set about teaching how to write a research paper.

Assignment: Write an Egyptian myth in your own words.

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When creating a early elementary research paper, you need to set up clear expectations

I started out telling them what I expected in the final product (click on the picture above to get your own rubric).  Since this was for co-op I also created a very simple one for the older kids that had more information.  I did not want to set a number of sentences because I wanted them to write the amount needed for their story, not someone else’s story.


Work in short periods of time on your research paper, short attention spans

We worked for 30 minutes or less each time we worked on it over a period of several days.  Don’t expect your 8 year old to sit down for hours working on the project.


Underline important information for your research paper

Early elementary kids need lots of help seeing the information broken down.  If you are able to underline the information or highlight it.  If you can’t do that pick up some Highlighter Tape {affiliate link}, it’s great because it comes off very easily.


Start to organize your information and write your research paper.


At this point I’m going to suggest you read Simple Writing Lessons for Primary Grades, a series by This Reading Mama, because she’s done a great job of breaking down the steps super well.


From this point our process was fairly simple.  Write a rough draft, not worrying about spelling or anything.


Then we edited and added details, spelling, and the like.  Then made a final “pretty copy.”  Which the boys called a scary copy.


Practice your presentation

Presentation skills are important later in life, your kids will have presentations in almost every field they’re in.

Our presentation skills we worked on:

  1. Look the audience in the eye.
  2. Speak loudly enough to be heard
  3. Stand more or less still, it’s hard to follow someone bobbing around

For more writing ideas, check out my writing ideas pinterest board.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Writing an Essay

So your teacher assigned another essay to write. Does the mere thought of putting pen to paper – or fingers to the keyboard – send shivers down your spine? For many students in elementary, middle or high school, it does, but writing an essay shouldn’t be intimidating. As long as you know the basic steps of essay writing, you should be well-equipped to handle any essay topic.

Determine What Type of Essay It Is

There are many different types of essays you might be asked to write in elementary, middle or high school. Some of the most common include narrative, expository, argumentative, persuasive, comparative and literary. Are you presenting an overview or telling a story about the topic (narrative) or are you providing an analysis (expository)? Do you have to convince the reader to adopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action (persuasive)? Are you writing an essay about a book you read (literary)? Determining the type of essay is the first step to writing a targeted essay.

Create an Essay Outline

An essay outline is your road map. It will guide you through to the finished product. When you create an outline, you organize your thoughts about your topic. First, write your topic at the top of the page. Then list all the points or arguments you want to make about the essay topic. Finally, list the facts, examples and statistics that support those points or arguments.

Develop a Thesis Statement

Your thesis should inform the reader what point you will be making or what question you will be answering about the topic. In other words, it is a prelude to your conclusion. A thesis statement should be as specific as possible and address one main idea. Strong theses also take a stand or illustrate the controversial nature of a topic.

Introduce Your Topic

The first paragraph of your essay will introduce your topic and provide direction for the entire essay. The introduction should discuss your main idea, or what the essay is about, then state your thesis and points or arguments that support your thesis.

The introduction also sets the tone for your essay, and you want to grab the reader’s attention with interest and clarity. To capture the reader’s attention, you can make a challenging claim about the topic or present some surprising (but factual) information.

Write the Body of the Essay

The body of the essay provide details for the points in your introductory paragraph that support your thesis. Take the points you listed in your introduction and discuss each in one body paragraph. First, write a topic sentence that summarizes your point then explain why you feel the topic sentence is true. Finally, support your argument with evidence such as facts, quotes, examples and statistics.

Present Your Conclusion

The conclusion summarizes the essay and gives the reader closure. In three or four concise sentences, you should reiterate your thesis and review the main points of the body of the essay. Just be sure not to restate your previous words exactly. You can even briefly describe your opinion of the topic. Your final sentence should uphold your main idea in a clear and compelling manner.

Just remember to tackle each step one at a time. Some people do better when they work backwards from the conclusion. Write a rough draft of your essay first – don’t try to get it perfect the first time through. After you finish your rough draft, proofread it thoroughly and revise until you have a strong, informative essay.

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