What Do You Want to Know?? Sorting Questions into Paragraphs for an Informational Report

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SWBAT sort their research questions into like groups to create meaty and meaningful paragraphs for their informational report.

Big Idea

Understanding the role that good prewriting plays in determining the success of a piece of writing is an important building block to becoming a good writer.

Sorting Questions and Creating Paragraphs

15 minutes

When the students enter today, they already know what's on the agenda since we had a lesson wrap up yesterday.  They know they are going to work with the questions they wrote in the previous lesson and that we're not ready to begin research just yet.  

So, I hand out their questions and I begin to talk to them about paragraphs and how their questions will be combined to create paragraphs.  I ask the students how they think we should best go about that.  They have many ideas, but one- the one I'm looking for- finally comes out- we should sort the questions by group.

I have the students cut their questions apart and begin to sort them into like groups.  As the finish, I hand out paper clips and show them how the groups have become their paragraphs. Once all the students have their questions clipped, I hand out the question organizer.


Recording Questions for Research

30 minutes

The question organizer is what they will use to record the information from their research, but first, I want them to write the questions onto each page where it belongs.  Having the students sort their questions beforehand and create their paragraphs in the prewriting process helps them avoid organization problems while they are actually writing their report.

Once I explain where the students should write their questions, I let them begin.  I spend my time monitoring and keeping kiddos on track so they can all finish on time.

Wrap Up

15 minutes

After the students are done recording their questions on the graphic organizer, I gather them back together for the daily wrap up.  Tomorrow we get to begin research.  The question arises that always arises when we are going to do research- "Can I do some research at home?"  At this point, I'd rather they not take home their graphic organizers, so I let them take home their stacks of questions telling them they can use those at home and whatever information they get, they can staple to or record on their graphic when they get to school.