This unit works best by using PebbleGo* as a research platform (2 weeks free trial available) and/or with book based research.
This unit is opened using Adobe Acrobat reader. The research form can be edited there or converted to Word.
Before starting the writing unit, it is best that your students have exposure to these Non-Fiction book terms:
Table Of Contents, Bold Words, Headings, Captions, Labels and a Glossary
1) After looking at your content options for research (suggested Animals or Insects), have your students pick a topic.
2) Use the provided research form to take notes on categories such as (Body, Diet, Habitat, Fun Fact…) If you use PebbleGo* the information is already organized into these categories. Go over note taking and how it means you do NOT write full sentences- just key words.
3) Have the students pick one topic from their research outline (i.e. Body) and have them expand it onto a page. Making full sentences out of their notes. Have them write the heading at the top of the page (i.e. Ant’s Body) and page number. Last making labeled illustrations.
4) Next have them choose another research subtopic to expand to a page (i.e. Habitat or Diet). Once done writing their facts into full sentences, have them make an illustration and then write a caption sentence to go along with the picture.
5) BOLD Words- Start by having the students pick 5 words total from all of their pages- words that they feel could use more explaining/definition. Have them make these 5 words BOLD by going over them multiple times with pencil/pen.
6) ABC Order Glossary - using the alphabet on the top of the glossary page have them circle the first letter of each of their bold words. Then have them write the words in ABC order on the glossary page. Then they can write the page number the word was found on and a definition.
7) About the Author Page- Have the students fill in the missing information and then write a few sentences at the bottom to tell the reader more about them (ex: What do they do in their free time? What is their favourite part of school?...) Draw a picture of themselves.
8) Table Of Contents- Have the students write the Headings of each page in order of appearance down the page. They then will write the ellipse (…) and page number. At the bottom of the page there is a couple lines if they would like to write a quick note to the reader (ex: Read this book to learn all about…)
9) If possible, laminate and bind the book for appearance and durability
Also check out my Persuasive Writing Unit with Visuals and Writing Pages: