Intel is creating great tools for educators. You'll find real treasures on their education website.
Here's a link to Intel's Thinking Tools:
Here is the Education Site Map that provides access to all of their resources:
Bookmark these pages if nothing else. This is an amazing free resource.
I recently reviewed Intel's Technology Literacy Curriculum for alignment to ISTE NETS-S standards.
If you're looking for a carefully designed curriculum to teach research and writing skills, this is it. Again this is a free resource. In my opinion it is more than detailed enough to work at the college level. These could be the basis for a very strong semester of instruction.
The curriculum was written for kids 11 -15 years old. Don't let the Technology Literacy title throw you. This is about how to research and write using online and traditional sources.