This is a great cross-curricular unit that incorporates research, biographies, expository writing, American history, student choice, and FUN, CREATIVE art! Students will research an American hero using the research plan provided in the packet, then create a pumpkin depicting their hero (at home!). There are two options - the first is a research paper. The materials guide students through the research and writing process, and are differentiated to support skilled writers and struggling writers.
There is also a second option that incorporates more student choice. Included in the guide is a project menu, with six different project options (research paper, game, poem, song, Power Point presentation, picture book). Also included are two versions of the rubric, parent letter, and other materials to reflect the differences in the research paper option and the project menu option.
Included in the guide:
*Detailed teacher instructions and helpful hints
*Cover page for student-made folders to keep work organized (I use the folder for students to take back-and-forth from school and home so that nothing would get lost.)
*Research checklist with detailed instructions/outline for each paragraph of the research paper
*Research charts to to record information
*Interactive file folder and cards to record text-to-self & text-to-world connections
*TWO different sets of rough draft writing templates to scaffold students (one is more structured to assist struggling writers with forming a paragraph)
*Citing Sources bibliography page
*Parent letter detailing project
*Parent letter with grading rubric and a form for parents to sign acknowledging project
*Teacher grading rubric
*32 cards with famous Americans (male & female) to make assigning a hero easy
*Photos of sample pumpkins
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