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Expository Writing: Focus on Research Reports (4-12)/Flex Course


Do your students struggle when they have to write anything other than a narrative essay or story? This online course focuses on helping students learn how to write research reports. The focus is on teaching students organizational patterns, as well as how to develop an outline and thesis statement. Teaching students how to do research and then read and paraphrase for writing will also be emphasized. Teachers gain key assessment strategies as well. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I found the content of this course to be very thorough and informative. I like the way the content is broken down into short, well-organized sections that are easy to read and understand. The resources for this course as well as all of the other PDI courses are amazing. They are plentiful and very helpful. They are also very user-friendly." - Colleen Donovan


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $149

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $379


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

How to Write a Great Research Paper” by Beverly Ann Chin

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 83T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41482

Unit One

  • Writing Standards in the Classroom
  • Common Core Research Paper Standards
  • Choosing a Research Topic
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Types of Sources
  • Research on the Internet
  • Non-Electronic Sources
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Taking Notes
  • Organizing Notes
  • Developing an Outline
  • Assignment #3:Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Writing an Introduction
  • How to Paraphrase
  • Writing the Report
  • Writing a Conclusion
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Developing the Bibliography
  • Revision
  • Editing
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Rubrics for Writing Assessment
  • Information Literacy and Digital Research
  • Writing and Technology
  • Assignment #4: Develop the guidelines and rubric for a research paper assignment
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)