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Writing a Report about an Explorer (plus a Rubric)
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Biography Graphic Organizers Printouts
Graphic Organizers can help students think about and list the major topics that will be researched and covered in a biography report.
Getting Started:
First, get to know about your explorer. Read as much information about as you can find. Try both the Internet and the library; try Zoom Explorers, a good search engine, an encyclopedia, and individual books on explorers.

As you're reading about your explorer, take notes on key information, such as when vital explorations took place, where the explorer went, what was hoped to be accomplished by the exploration, what the outcome of the exploration was, what vehicles were used, the life of the explorer, and sketch the route(s).

The Structure of the Explorer Report:
Start your report with an introductory paragraph that states the main ideas that you will be writing about. Then write at least four to five paragraphs that clearly describe your explorer and the exploration. Each paragraph should cover one topic (for example, you should have at least one paragraph that covers the explorer.). End the report with a closing paragraph that summarizes what you wrote and learned.

Finally, cite your references (see the section below on formats for your bibliography).

Check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct. Make sure to use complete sentences and write neatly! Define any technical terms that you use. Proofread your report for errors before you hand it in -- do not hand in a rough draft.

Topics to Research and Include in Your Report:
When you write your report, try to answer as many of the following questions as you can:



Citing Your References: When you write your bibliography, list all of your references. Formats for each type of publication follows (there are different formats for different media): Author(s) are listed last name first, first name or initials (as cited in the publication).

For example: "Zoom Explorers" would be cited as follows:

Col, Jeananda. Zoom Explorers. http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/explorers 1999.

For more on EnchantedLearning's bibliography and author, click here.

Another format for Internet sources is as follows:

Last name, First name of author. Title of Page. Name of the publisher (EnchantedLearning.com in our case). Date the page was created (at Enchanted Learning, this is the earliest date on the copyright notice located at the bottom of each page), Date of revision (at Enchanted Learning, we do not keep track of page revisions).

Some teachers also request that you include the date of access; this is the date (or dates) that you went to the web page (or pages).



The Following is a Rubric For Assessing each Part of Your Research Report:
. Beginning
1
Developing
2
Accomplished
3
Excellent
4
Score
Introduction Disorganized, no information on what is to come Gives too little information. Summarizes report Concise, well-written introduction .
Research Part 1 (describe the explorer's routes, important events and dates, vehicles used) Does not cover all appropriate topics Covers some of the appropriate topics. Covers most of the appropriate topics. All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts. .
Research Part 2 (explains the importance of the trip, who sent the explorer, describes the life of the explorer (if known), includes map of the route) Does not cover all appropriate topics Covers some of the appropriate topics. Covers most of the appropriate topics. All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts. .
Spelling/Grammar Many spelling and grammatical errors A few errors Only one or two errors Spelling and grammar perfect .
Presentation Illegible, messy Almost illegible Legible writing, accompanying illustrations Well organized presentation, typed or written using a word processor, accompanying illustrations .
References No references A single reference, incomplete citation Several references with incomplete citations Many references, listed in appropriate format .
Timeliness Over a week late A week late A day or two late Handed in on time .


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