Last week and this week, I did the same with my second grader. His assignment was to write a biography on Susan B. Anthony. His mother is a former English teacher who was going to help him complete the project the "right way."
We began by reading a short digital book I ordered from Books A Million. After each section, we recalled facts and he wrote each on an index card. I could tell when he was wearing down because one of his cards said, "second child blah blah blah blah blah." After a giggle, he erased it and rewrote the fact correctly.
After reading three books on Susan B. Anthony, B organized his facts "like a timeline". G got in on the act with his own "notes".
B was supposed to include headings on his report. We decided he'd only type a section or two each night. As you can see from the beginning of his sentence under "The Mill" section, he was in need of a break again.
By the end of the report, he was worn down and silly. I had consumed a half gallon of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Still, we'd spent quite some time together and had a lot of laughs. We belly laughed over the word duty. "Doodie!" we giggled over and over for way too long. We'd tackled a big project a bit at a time, and he felt good about getting to type and print.
Tonight he illustrated the final copy, as the assignment asked. Thank goodness we'd printed two copies. As soon as we turned around, G added a purple streak to B's masterpiece.