Get your students to do some real research on the topic of their choice by finding out some information about it. Students then have to come up with two truths and a convincing lie about their topic (which is tough)!
This project is based off a children’s book called “Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!” by Ammi-Joan Paquette. My students always need opportunities to do real research using our technology and available books. I read a few of the three part passages aloud to the students and let them try to figure out which ones are the truth and which ones are lies. They have to give key facts and reasons for their choices. We complete pg. 3 for this part of the exercise. You can also use this page if you have students evaluate each other’s writings later.
You can write these passages in two ways – as descriptive paragraphs or as summaries. There are final copy sheets provided for both. We usually write the descriptive paragraphs first, so I know the students understand what they are supposed to be doing. Then we turn those detailed paragraphs into summaries. For the summary final copy I enlarge it to 11 x 17 on the copy machine.
In the descriptive paragraph pages, students write their topic in the box on the title page. Students can write the title of each paragraph under the “Passage A” headings. There is also a blank page you can use instead of the pages with the “Passage A, B, or C” headings.
These writings look great on a bulletin board display because other students love trying to figure out which ones are truths and which ones are lies.
Can your students come up with two truths and a lie about a topic?