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Writing Reports
and Accompanying Rubrics
More Writing Activities
The following are guidelines for writing reports. For each topic, there are instructions for writing the report and, for most, an accompanying rubric designed to help the student check the work, and for the teacher's final assessment of the report.

Science Research Report Topics:
Animal Research Report: How to write a paper about an animal; describe its anatomy, diet, habitat, range, life cycle, enemies, and other interesting facts about the animal. Or go to the grading rubric alone.

Dinosaur (or other Extinct animal) Research Report: How to write a paper about a dinosaur; write about its anatomy, where it lived, when it lived, when it went extinct, and other interesting facts about the dinosaur and the period in which it lived.

Planet Research Report: How to write a paper about a planet, describing its orbit, atmosphere, internal structure, mass, gravitational pull at the surface, moons (if there are any), and any special attributes (like rings, an extremely-tilted axis, an odd rotation, or spots). Or go to the grading rubric.



Historical Research Reports:
Invention Research Report: How to write a paper about an invention, describing the function of the invention, when it was invented, who invented it, and how the invention changed people's lives. Or go to the grading rubric.

Explorer Research Report: Write a paper about a famous explorer, describing the area(s) that the person explored, when the expedition(s) traveled, highlights of the trip(s), why they chose the routes they did, and the results of the exploration. Or go to the grading rubric.

Presidential Biography Report: How to write a paper about a US President, writing about the President's early life, the presidency, and the post-presidency. Or go to the grading rubric.



Reports on Geography:
State/Province Research Report: How to write a paper on a state or province. Write about the land, location, capital city, bodies of water, population, flag, and symbols of the area.



Book Reports and Movie Reviews:
Book Report with Rubric: How to write a book report, noting the name of the book, the author, the major characters, the setting of the book, and a short summary of the book.

Book Report: Write a simple book report, noting the name of the book, the author, the major characters, the setting of the book, and a short summary of the book.

Movie Review: Write a simple movie review, describing the characters, the story, and what you like the most and the least about the movie.


Book Report Graphic Organizers Printouts
Graphic Organizers can help students think about and list the major topics that will be covered in a (fiction) book report.
writing prompt

Write Ten Things About a Book

A one-page printable worksheet. Write ten things about a book you've read (plus one thing you would like to change).
writing prompt

Write Ten Things About a Movie

A one-page printable worksheet. Write ten things about a movie (plus one thing you would like to change).

Book Impressions: Triple Draw and Write
Draw three of the major characters, scenes, or ideas from a book you have read, and write about each picture. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Story Characters: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw three of your favorite characters in books or stories and write about each of them.. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

TV Characters: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw three of your favorite characters in in the movies or on TV and write about each of them.. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Books: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw a scene or character from three of your favorite books and write about each of them. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Movies: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw a scene or character from three of your favorite movies and write about each of them. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.





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