My older son will be in 5th grade this fall. His weakest area is writing, and since he has said he wants to go to junior high the following year, I want to make sure we keep his writing skills up. One of the things they introduce this year in 5th grade is a research paper. I can find lots of language arts curriculums that focus on creative writing, but none on research writing - table of contents, footnotes, bibliography, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks!
LA curriculum that includes research papers?
I've just been looking at one called "Teaching the research paper" from the Analytical Grammar company: http://www.analyticalgrammar.com/teaching-the-essay
My son will be "in grade 8" next fall. He's a weak writer, always has been, so we've just focused on other things to let his development catch up and I think he's finally reached a point where we can start to work on writing skills without it being a waste of time. ;) We're first going to work the the IEW level B course, which is more basic; then we might very well do this "Teaching the essay" then "teaching the research paper" courses (which are less than a full year).
I wouldn't expect that a 5th grade level research paper would be too too complex anyway... Usually they'd be looking at a 5-paragraph report, I'd expect, so a "Table of contents" would be kind of useless. I don't think we did any footnotes or bibliography until I was in junior high when I was a kid in school. In any case, it'd be pretty basic stuff at this level, a 5th grade research paper won't be a 10-page analytical report. It would be more about the basic idea of collecting information from several different sources and organizing it into one report.