Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Writing an Informational Report: Rough Draft - Section 1: Gearing Up for Writing: Reminders and Review


I don't know what it is about writing reports, but my students- and not just the ones this year- love it!!  It's the one piece of writing I can usually get them to complete without arguing.  I even have kids ASK if they can write reports about things.  

Maybe it's because they feel "grown up" or maybe because they feel some control over the writing prompt, but whatever it is I'm amazed!!  Now, they're not always good at it and that's where the formatting and style lessons come into play, but not having to fight the negative feelings about writing allows for better instruction for those things and ultimately a better product from them.

I see the results of better writing, when at the end of the year, my district requires us to clean out the writing portfolios and keep only the one for the year with the highest score.  75% of the time, the report is the one that stays while the narrative, the letter and the response to text get passed back to the students.

There's probably something to be said for the interest in writing reports and the Common Core's focus on nonfiction.  I'll bet the two of those could be nicely combined to create some great learning for all students!!

  Reflection: They Love Reports
  Intrinsic Motivation: Reflection: They Love Reports
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Writing an Informational Report: Rough Draft

Unit 20: What Do You Want to Know???? Writing an Informational Report
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT write a rough draft of an informational report including all the proper parts- introduction, body and conclusion.

Big Idea: Being able to present one's research findings with clear and concise writing is an essential skill.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Writing Process, Nonfiction Literature, rough draft, informational report writing
  60 minutes
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