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This lesson is utilizing the book Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale in order to write paragraph research!
Although I would love that you utilized the literature along with this lesson - IT IS NOT NECESSARY. The research writing skills are the important part for students to take away from this practice, the literature is a great bonus!
What is paragraph research???
Paragraph research is a technique I created to help students understand the basics of doing research. I came up with the idea while teaching 7th grade Language Arts. While asking my students to write one paragraph on a topic that they chose, I saw, much to my dismay, that none of them could write the paragraph while staying on topic and giving it supporting details. Sentences did not flow, opinions were inserted, 1st person pronouns were used and the facts were not facts but rather what they “thought” was right. Thus, paragraph research was created.
Paragraph research is taking one topic and writing, as it says, one paragraph while staying on the topic and giving details. Once the paragraph is perfected, taking one of those details and expanding on it into a second paragraph and so on. The beginning lessons, shown here, are very basic and as students master a simple paragraph, on topic, supporting details, no first person pronouns, etc. the lessons become more complex. Students must have the basics in order to write a detailed, informative research paper. This lesson is not difficult but it shows students the foundation of writing research.
Grades - 1st - 5th
Pages - 15
**All Common Core Standards are included for all grade levels
- Fish Cards
- Paragraph Research Fact Sheet (with minimal bibliography included)
- Paragraph Research Brainstorming Sheet (with checklist included)
- Paragraph Research Final Sheet
**Although this lesson was written to correspond with the picture book Fabulous Fishes, it can be used without it.**
**It can also be used in regards to a science class, however CCSS given are for ELA **
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