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Researching Through the Nonfiction Animal Picture Book Genre

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Researching Through the Nonfiction Animal Picture Book Genre

Unit Overview

RESEARCHING THROUGH THE NONFICTION ANIMAL PICTURE BOOK GENRE

3rd grade
10 lessons
This reading-writing unit focuses on the development of a nonfiction animal picture book. The reading and writing activities in this unit provides opportunities for students to read for a variety of purposes, to investigate or research topics and to compose a picture book using the writing process.
Specific strategies  Use details, formulate and locate information on key words, give credit for sources, and independently use a graphic organizer.
This unit consists of 10 lessons. Lessons should occur simultaneously in an effort to scaffold students’ learning and provide them with opportunities to build background knowledge to become proficient readers and writers.
Handouts including graphic organizers
Formative and Summative Assessment
Glossary

Unit Plan: Lessons

This unit consists of 10 lessons leading up to the completion of a nonfiction animal picture book by each student.

What is a Nonfiction Picture Book Anyway? Word HTML (with links to documents)

How can I gather essential information and apply it in my own writing?

Word HTML (with links to documents)
Topic Choice Begins Word HTML (with links to documents)
Topic Choice Deepens/Keywords/Research Word HTML (with links to documents)
Research Word HTML (with links to documents)
The Writing Process Word HTML (with links to documents)
The Writing Process Continues Word HTML (with links to documents)
The Writing Process Continues (Revising and Editing) Word HTML (with links to documents)
Giving Credit and Final Copy Word HTML (with links to documents)
Author Share Word HTML (with links to documents)

 Essential Questions:

What processes do authors use in researching topics?

How can I gather essential information and apply it in my own writing?

Summative Assessment and Scoring Guides:

Students are scored as they present their nonfiction animal picture books to their peers at an author share/celebration.

 
 

PREVIOUS LEARNING

 

TARGETED LEARNING

FUTURE LEARNING

 Use details for text to ask questions to clarify understanding, identify main ideas and provide support, retell sequence of events , and make basic inferences about problems and solutions.

 

 R3C  Use details from text to answer questions, retell main idea and important details, organize a sequence of events, draw conclusions, compare and contrast texts, identify author’s purpose for writing text, and make inferences about problem and solutions.

 

 Use details from text to retell main ideas, organize a sequence of events, identify cause and effect, draw conclusions, compare and contrast texts, make predictions, make inferences, distinguish between fact and opinion, identify and explain author’s purpose, and make inferences about problems and solutions.

 

Formulate key words and questions, with assistance to locate resources of interest.

 

 

IL1  Formulate key words and

       questions to investigate topics

 

 

Formulate and research keywords and questions to establish a focus and purpose for inquiry.

Locate information on keywords and questions in provided resources, with assistance.

 

IL1 Locate information on keywords in provided resources.

Locate and use various resources to find information on keywords and questions.

 

 Give credit, through discussion, for others’ ideas, images, and information. 

IL1  Informally give credit for others’   ideas, images, and information found in various resources.

 

Informally give credit for others’ ideas, images, and information found in various resources.

Follow a writing process to utilize a simple graphic organizer in prewriting, generate a draft, reread and revise work (with or without assistance), edit and proofread for capitalization and ending punctuation, and publish writing with assistance.

W1A  Follow a writing process to independently use a simple graphic organizer in pre-writing, generate a draft, routinely edit and proofread for capitalization and ending punctuation, and independently publish writing

Follow a writing process to independently use a simple graphic organizer in prewriting, generate a draft, routinely revise, edit and proofread, and independently publish writing.