Conducting Research to Write an Expository Paper on Survival Lesson Plan
Grade Level: 5th Grade
Teacher: Ashley Skelton
5-6.1 Clarify and refine a research topic.
5-6.2 Use print sources such as books, magazines, charts, graphs, diagrams, dictionaries, encyclopedias atlases, thesauri, newspapers, and almanacs and nonprint media to access information.
5-6.3 Select information appropriate for the research topic.
5-6.4 Paraphrase research information accurately and meaningfully
5-6.5 Create a list of sources that contains information (including author, title, and full publication details) necessary to properly credit and document the work of others.
5-6.6 Use vocabulary (including Standard American English) that is appropriate for the particular audience or purpose.
5-6.7 Use appropriate organizational strategies to prepare written works and oral and visual presentations.
5-4.1 Use prewriting techniques to organize written works.
5-4.2 Use complete sentences in a variety of types (including simple, compound, and complex sentences) in writing.
5-4.3 Create multiple-paragraph compositions that include a central idea with supporting details and use appropriate transitions between paragraphs.
5-4.5 Use proofreading skills to edit for the correct use of written Standard American English: " capitalization (including the names of ethnic and national groups and the names of established religions and languages); " punctuation (including colons and hyphens); and " use of commonly confused words such as affect and effect.
5-4.6 Use revision strategies to improve word choice and the organization and development of ideas in written works.
1. Computer Lab
2. Promethean Board
3. Internet Connection
4. Research Note cards
a) The pink note card is used for the students to record the publication details of the magazine source.
b) The yellow note card is used for the students to record the publication details of the book source.
c) The green note card is used for the students to record the publication details of the Internet source.
7. Computer Paper
8. Notebook Paper
9. Colored Pencils
The teacher will assess the students according to the attached rubric. The students will be given a daily grade for the individual writing and research grades. The average of the writing and research grades will count as a test grade. The teacher will also conference with the students about their writing grade and the grade they have given themselves using the same rubric if there is a large discrepancy in the grades.
The pace of the lesson will be adjusted as needed. The students may need longer to successfully write a research paper based on their topics. The students will work at different paces. The teacher will walk around the room during the days when the students are writing to ensure that the students are all on task. Students who have special needs may have the information scribed for them on the note cards. The students may also type their expository papers if necessary. If a student finishes early they will write in their writing journals.
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