See the entire disaster nonfiction writing unit by downloading the preview. This unit engages students in reading/research, nonfiction writing, and science. "Disasters" can be defined as natural disasters (volcano, Hurricane Katrina) and those caused by human error (Titanic).
Materials are shared between two student packets. The resource packet guides the research process. It includes:
An optional cover for student materials.
Brainstorming a list of disasters.
A KWHL chart.
Developing the topic, subheadings (chapters), and taking notes.
The bibliography examples page, how to record bibliographic entries.
Bibliography draft for citing sources.
Glossary draft for identifying important vocabulary.
Text features reference chart.
Revision and editing guidelines.
The final draft pages (second packet) include:
The cover page with title, author, and directions for illustration.
A table of contents page.
An introduction, 3 chapters, and a conclusion, all clearly defined.
A glossary final draft.
A bibliography final draft.
Revision and editing directions.
This is a complete unit in a scaffolded format. Scaffolding information is the sequencing of content, materials, and tasks. All terms are defined within the guide. Move through the materials with students bit-by-bit as time allows. Begin with the resource packet. Then move on to the final draft packet. Super simple.
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