This is a unit I developed for my 6th grade ELA students. It is great for a first research paper, because it really guides them through each step along the way, from choosing a topic to completing the final draft with works cited.
It is great for supported, regular, or advanced classes because the steps are very guided, but students can get as deep with the research as they want. I've also differentiated in my classes by allowing advanced classes to choose whatever topics they wanted (with my approval) while requiring regular classes to select from the list I provided.
This unit is aligned to so many Common Core standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.10: 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.
I've included the 6th grade standards, as that's the grade I teach, but the unit is also applicable to the corresponding 5th, 7th, and 8th grade standards.
Complete instructions for teaching this unit are included
- the first page of instructions can be viewed in the product preview. Please let me know if you have any questions about the unit, whether you're considering purchasing or in the middle of implementing!
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