Research writing has always been a struggle for my 2nd and 3rd graders. Writer’s workshop lessons can help. There seems to be a variety of things that cause this struggle. Gathering facts and writing them in your own words can often be a tough skill for students to learn. Many times, students can’t really see the whole picture before they start so they have a hard time putting it all together. This is why I designed special lessons in Unit 4 to help you to teach research skills to students in a fun, interactive, yet effective way.
You will be able to get an idea of where your students are at in terms of understanding what organization is by playing a game called Organization Station where students will identify things in their world that are organized or disorganized. This concept will then be related to nonfiction and fiction writing.
October Unit Overview
Take a look at the year-long overview for more details on what standards and write traits are covered here.