Reflection: Pacing Informational Writing: It's Tool Time! (Day 4 of 15) - Section 6: Closure


I’ll be honest, sometimes I worry that as you read these lessons your response will be, “A whole lesson on this…?” While it may be obvious that we need to thoroughly explain tasks and provide modeling, sometimes I feel as if I take some things a little too slowly. Then I remember prior catastrophes and feel justified in my revised, slower pace!


Most of the steps included in the explanation today seem like common sense. If a fact fits chapter four, write it there. However, there was a class in the not so distant past that totally missed this concept. I handed out note pages, we talked about it, and off we went to research. A few days later when I had made the rotation of meeting with each student, I had a sickening discovery. Students had simply written whatever they thought was interesting on the first page - and just kept writing until it was filled. Then, they turned the next page and started again. Although I tried to think of a creative way to solve the problem (and because I had copied the pages back to back), there just wasn’t any salvaging of their work. So, we had to scrap it all and begin it again. It made me sick to lose such precious time and to crush students’ ideals of their work.


So while this may all seem like common sense, I strongly recommend making sure this is, in fact, the case before charging ahead with research. Better to take things slow and end up with a quality product than rush into it and end up with an unusable product!

  Common sense at a snail's pace
  Pacing: Common sense at a snail's pace
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Informational Writing: It's Tool Time! (Day 4 of 15)

Unit 7: Informational Writing Project
Lesson 4 of 15

Objective: SWBAT understand the purpose of their research notebook.

Big Idea: In order to be successful at any job, you need the right tools. Before we start collecting information, we need an organizational tool - the research notebook. Students learn how to use it correctly and avoid common research mistakes.

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English / Language Arts, research (Writing Process), Writing, Research Writing and Practices, Informational Writing, nonfiction, organization, notebook
  40 minutes
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