This unit is comprised of three writing pieces:
1. An animal riddle
2. A non-fiction animal book (everyone does the same animal)
3. A non-fiction animal book (each student choses their own)
Using this entire unit with your students allows them to learn how to do research, how to take notes, how to turn notes into non-fiction text; go through the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, editing, publishing).
The most beneficial thing that came out of doing this unit for me was the truly independent writing by my students. They needed me very little because they knew what to do or where to find help along the way.