Thanks so much for the tips!
I like the idea of point form notes and think that might be do-able, especially if I'm not pushing her, the 5th grader, to develop the notes into sentences right away.
I'd be happy if she could just take the notes and not push the actual reports so much.
My son, the 7th grader, showed me that sort of story webbing or mind mapping when I asked him if he'd done outlines. I didn't really understand what he was doing, so thanks for...