Use this book to model how to write an informational story by teaching students how to use what they already know and what they wonder to base a story around. If you begin the unit with this model then students can choose their own topics later. Modeling how to come up with questions and how to easily find answers to their questions is an important skill to teach the students.
This download includes lesson plans to help you prepare your students for writing informational pieces. It also includes a printable book that is also a graphic organizer.
Common Core Standards:
LA.2.W.CCR.2 - [Anchor Standard] - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
LA.2.W.2.2 - [Grade Level Standard] - Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
LA.2.W.CCR.7 - [Anchor Standard] - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
LA.2.W.2.7 - [Grade Level Standard] - Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
LA.2.W.CCR.8 - [Anchor Standard] - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
LA.2.W.2.8 - [Grade Level Standard] - Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
LA.2.W.CCR.9 - [Anchor Standard] - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.