Great to use alongside your Lucy Calkins lessons! If your young writers are ready to try their author's hand at non-fiction writing this unit is a great place to start! With this complete writing template kit you have everything you need to encourage your students during writer's workshop to plan and research their topic...then draw and write their own non-fiction book with real text features like diagrams, facts, captions and more!
If you are seeking a way to meet the non-fiction writing standards for research and presentation in the Common Core this unit is for you! There is even a special page for those students who are interested in writing an "all about" book for an animal, the "Basic Needs" page includes a template for them to draw and write about where their animal lives and what their animal eats.
After students complete each page, you can publish and bind them together into a published piece or they can present each page separately as a class book composite. The topics which young authors and illustrators enjoy learning and teaching others about are endless! This download can also be used as part of a Gifted and Talented program to encourage students to "stretch their schema"!