You know what I'm talking about. "Just wait, 5th graders!! Soon you will have to do a HUGE research project." Later on in writer's workshop you find yourself saying, "Think this is rough...wait until your research project!!"
This is how research was introduced to me, as a student, followed by the AWFUL five paragraph essay. I detest the formulated 5 paragraph essay so my classes the last few years have done various forms of presentations in place of a research paper following the research experience. My students have made PowerPoint presentations, written free verse poems, made epitaphs, brochures, advertisements...you name it. But, I now have a new form of presentation---the two page spread (think magazine). My students are wrapping up their projects, so I will begin posting lessons and how-to's soon!!