The first part of the United States brochure project materials teaches a paraphrasing techniques to students to use while note taking. After students practice putting text in their own words, each student is assigned a state to research.
Students search for a variety of facts about the assigned state and present the information in a state brochure. They use their paraphrasing skills to gather notes in order to prepare the tri-fold brochure.
There is an optional letter writing activity in this product where students write to a person living in the researched state and request that the person mail a postcard back to the class, so this is a great unit to integrate into a state postcard exchange.
After the brochure is complete, students complete a chart that makes generalizations about the United States regions in order to compare and contrast the geography of the United States.
Common Core Standards
Paraphrasing Words, Phrases, and Sentences Explanation Sheets
Paraphrasing Words, Phrases, and Sentences Practice Sheets (answer keys included)
50 States List
State Brochure Booklet for Research
Printable Template for state brochure
Write a Formal Letter Instructions (optional)
Rubrics for State Brochure and Letter
Post-it Note Map Activity
U.S. Regions Chart (3 options, teacher notes included)
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