The First Thanksgiving: Informational Writing Research Project
Common Core State Standards:
I have compiled a 2-3 week short informational writing research project on the first Thanksgiving to be used in conjunction with Scholastic’s The First Thanksgiving virtual field trip and website. Students will watch the Virtual Field Trip video and explore tabs on Scholastic’s The First Thanksgiving website page. Students will use these resources to research and take notes in the provided graphic organizers.
Students will then use the information they have learned from the Virtual Field Trip and any additional research on the website to complete the informational writing task. The task requires students to write a 5 paragraph informational piece, which includes specific text features, on the history of the first Thanksgiving.
*The Scholastic website has additional detailed lesson plans if you wish to go deeper into this topic. I used the website and virtual field trip as a research resource for my students. I wanted them to do a fairly quick research and writing project in preparation for a more involved unit later in the semester. I used this project as way to review paragraph and essay structure on a familiar topic, while also addressing 4th grade reading and writing standards.
**Register on the Scholastic website to receive the letters by email by November 4, 2014.
Included Teacher Resources:
• Daily Lesson Plan Outlines / Mini-Lesson Suggestions
• Student Task Description
• Scoring Rubric
• Main Idea / Supporting Details Graphic Organizer and Top Hat Graphic Organizer
• Editing Checklist
• Paragraph Frame Template
• Final Copy Writing Paper Template
• Book Suggestion / Website Links