This product is designed to answer and connect any informational novel to your students' daily lives. Student begin by choosing a topic (novel or article) that they enjoy. (Please see my PPT of YA and elementary novels I let my students select from.)
Students then read their novel. When finished, they are to complete this assignment. This allows them to take what they learned in their novel and then apply it to their lives.
Students have 8 choices they could choose to connect to. I have my students choose only 4. This is easily differentiated by having your students choose more or less than assigned.
I usually use a kid-friendly rubric for informational writing.
*I teach in NE and therefore follow Nebraska's state standards and not CC.