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CCSS Research & Informational Writing Project (Topic: 7 Wonders of the World)

CCSS Research & Informational Writing Project (Topic: 7 Wonders of the World)
Product Description
Your students will have the opportunity to engage in a fun and interesting research project about The New Seven Wonders of the World. This project teaches children how to read informational texts, compile facts about a topic from more than one source of information, synthesize prior knowledge and new learning on a particular topic, and present research findings in the form of an informational text that the students, themselves, will be authoring. It also expands their worlds as they learn about famous landmarks all over the world, their locations, and the history behind them. Furthermore, the project supports knowledge of text structure and nonfiction text features as students create their nonfiction informational text.

Any research project can easily be differentiated by assigning students at various levels different texts to read, providing varying levels of support, and altering the expectations for the final product. This project was written for students in third and fourth grade, but could easily be used with other grade levels.
INCLUDED IN THIS PACKET:
1. Student directions for research project
2. Posters of each landmark plus a title poster featuring all seven wonders (could be used as posters or projected for a class lesson)
3. Research recording sheets in various formats for differentiation
4. A list of websites and child-safe search engines to assist in research endeavors
4. Reproducible book so that your students can publish their own books about the Seven Wonders of the World

Standards Addressed with This Project:
THIRD GRADE:
W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W.3.2.A Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
W.3.2.B Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
W.3.2.C Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.
W.3.2.D Provide a concluding statement or section.
W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
W.3.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

FOURTH GRADE:
W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W.4.2.A Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
W.4.2.B Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
W.4.2.C Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
W.4.2.D Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
W.4.2.E Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
W.4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

FIFTH GRADE:
W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W.5.2.A Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
W.5.2.B Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
W.5.2.C Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
W.5.2.D Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
W.5.2.E Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.5.7 Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
W.5.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
W.5.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Total Pages
41 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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