Research Writing

As you know, our “little writers” have jumped into the world of research writing. Below you will find an outline of the students’ journey throughout this unit.

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Day 1 – Research Writing Intro.

Before beginning the process of research writing, the students analyzed a sample research report, in order to understand the expectations for their own report.

Day 2 – Choosing a Topic

To get started with this unit, our “little writers” brainstormed three potential topics and explained why they wanted to learn more about each topic. Based on their explantaions, the best topic was chosen for them.

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Day 3 – Questioning

Students began to frame their essays by developing questions to guide their research.

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Day 4 – Citing Sources

As a way to prepare for the research phase of this unit, our “little writers” learned how to site various sources. Using a graphic organizer, students worked in pairs to practice citing a non-fiction book and an online article.

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Day 5 – Plagiarism

As a way to understand the concept of plagiarism, our students viewed a BrainPop video. Following the short video, the students recieved and recited a check-list for ways to avoid plagiarism. With the checklist in hand, our students can successfully begin their research.

Day 6 – Gathering Research

To begin the research process, our fifth graders were given Research Graphic Organizers. As the students read through their sources, they will record imformation gathered onto this graphic organizer. Check out some of the completed Research Graphic Organizers below.

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Day 7 – Outline

To begin structuring their research papers, our writers constructed an outline. During the drafting stage of the writing process, our students used their outlines to direct them through their writing. Check out some sample outlines below.

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Days 8-10 – Drafting

Using their Research Graphic Organizer and outline, our students tackled the drafting stage of the writing process. As each student drafted a paragraph of their research paper, I also drafted my own paper. Check out below the Research Paper Bulletin Board the students referred to for assistance, along with other pictures that illustrate the drafting stage.

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Days 11-12 – Peer Conferencing

Through peer conferences, our students worked with each other in an effort to revise and edit the research papers. Below are some pictures illustrating peer conferences in action.

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Days 13-15 – Typing

Nearing the end of the writing process, our students typed their Research Papers! Check out how productive they are in the pictures below.

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Days 16-18 – Bibliography

As our writers near the end of the writing process, they learned how to construct a bibliography. To assist students in writing their bibliography, they used the reference sheet below.

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Day 19 – Publishing

As a way to celebrate our writing, the fifth graders shared their reports in small groups. What great fun we had listening to our peer’s work and learning about their topics!

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