This unit has been successfully implemented with second graders and rigorously meets three Common Core State Standards for Grade 2 Writing. Students will participate in a shared research project by reading a number of books on an animal to write an informative essay. The essay will include an introduction, paragraphs on the animal’s appearance, diet, habitat, and survival techniques, and a conclusion. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their writing through the five stages of the writing process, including revising and editing their writing.
Also included are helpful ideas for kick-starting the unit, modeling note-taking, and ensuring students write a successful essay using the stages of the writing process through scaffolding and support.