Informative/Explanatory: Text-Based Research Unit Introduction

As part of a sequenced, year-long writing program, fourth graders learn how to research a topic, gather and categorize information, take notes, and craft an informative/explanatory text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Coordinate the writing program with all fourth grade teachers
  • Save student writing samples for subsequent years
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a year-long writing program, the units are designed to be taught in order to reinforce routines and develop skills
  • Although the unit is designed specifically to research Multnomah County, Oregon, other topics are suggested and the approaches used are valid for all learners
Pros

  • The 44-page packet includes scripted plans, exercises, activities, sample writings, worksheets, graphic organizers, lists of research topics, and writing checklists
Cons

  • Some of the exercises that include specific references to Multnomah County may need to be revised