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Young scholars research a famous historical person using three sources of information (book, encyclopedia, and Internet).
Third graders research and write a report on a polar animal. Each student be given a graphic organizer to complete on a particular animal. They are encouraged to use technology for the research and presentation portions of the project.
Students research plants. In this researching lesson, students watch a video about the different ways to research a topic before writing about it. Students use the information gathered in this video to learn more about plants. Students also conduct observational research about plants.
Students explore the Middle Ages. In this research skills lesson, students research selected Internet sources regarding the Middle Ages and use the provided graphic organizers to take notes regarding the information they find.
Students write a thesis paper about the Holocaust. In this Holocaust lesson plan, students use books and the internet to take notes and research a Holocaust topic and write a research paper about it.
Students research the developments of animal and human cloning. They report their findings to the class. They write journal entries as well.
Students brainstorm ideas for science fair projects. Students observe a PowerPoint presentation and explore the scientific method. In groups, they formulate a hypothesis. Using the internet, students research their topic and gather materials. After conducting the experiment, students write a report explaining their results.
High schoolers examine research ethics. In this scientific research ethics lesson, students examine hypothetical research scenarios and determine which proposals should be funded with tax dollars.
Students read King Lear and analyze British literature to write an argumentative essay on a contemporary issue. In this literature analysis lesson, students read King Lear and participate in a class discussion of filial responsibility. students consider the idea of filial responsibility in contemporary society and research the topic. Students organize ideas into an argumentative essay.
Sixth graders explore ancient Greece. In this ancient civilizations lesson, 6th graders research how ancient Greece influenced modern societies. Students prepare PowerPoint presentations to share their findings with their classmates.
High schoolers are introduced to the rubric to guide them in an oral presentation. Individually, they use the internet and other sources to research a predetermined topic. They must prepare and use a visual aid when presenting and answer questions posed to them by their peers.
Students develop effective and efficient plan for successfully completing a research project through use of online BIG 6 Assignment Organizer.
The topic of gun control is vast, controversial, and difficult to introduce to students. This gem of a resource covers both sides of the issue and provides topic background, various multimedia and print resources, analysis questions, and implementation strategies. Use it as a source for a research topic or for content-knowledge development.   
The details in the new Common Core standard for producing informative/explanatory texts is different from what you have in your current curriculum, and now you are confused on what to do. Keep calm and carry on, because not only does this resource break the standard down, it includes a script that explains how learners can develop their idea for their research down into manageable parts. It also creates a writing assignment that fits the Common Core standard. The script details a paper on gangs, but it can easily be modified for another topic.   
Fourth graders work in small groups to become experts on different colonial trades in the eighth lesson of this unit. Working toward the long-term goal of writing a piece of historical fiction, young scholars read informational texts and work collaboratively to take notes on terms related to their specific trade. Learners practice reading and rereading text, first to get a gist of the content, and second to focus on key vocabulary. Make sure dictionaries are available to support students in making sense of the different terms they encounter in their reading. This is a great lesson that supports young researchers as they work with their peers to become experts on a colonial trade.
Students use a five-step process to write a persuasive essay about an issue that is related to the Mississippi River. Students build an argument based on prior knowledge and information from a variety of sources. Students base their research on a hot topic related to the river and write an essay that gives great detail for their opinion.
Research paper writing challenges learners' ability to research,  plan, organize, write, and revise. Detailed, step-by-step directions, color-coded models, and a series of templates guide class members through the entire process.
Bring research papers into the 21st century using this guide to Inspiration Software. If you don't have the program, take a look at the visuals and step-by-step process, which are helpful for any classroom. Using a pre-made template, learners simply research and fill in various sections to organize their findings for the perfectly structured paper. They keep track of multiple sources, write a thesis statement, take notes, include visuals and hyperlinks, and integrate ideas to form a cohesive final product. 
Students are assigned to research review groups, which have to decide which of the proposals to fund. The teacher then leads a discussion focusing on the ethical issues raised in the reasons given for each group's decisions.
Pupils study how to conduct research for biographies. They discuss how to locate sources for biographies and play a trivia game to help select a topic to research. Going on a scavenger hunt, they locate clues to sources for researchng biographies.