Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Can I Live in Your Classroom? - Section 2: Guiding the Learning


I have used this lesson in the past (not because of short hamster life :) but to have students choose best home pets) and had them take their writing to a higher level. Making changes that address the increased writing needs, I wanted them to get more experience at writing longer expository pieces that required paragraphing, editing and a structured format. Here is a note taking outline and rubric that I use. There is also a fun note taking organizer from TPT that can also be used as another option. I have students use these notes to write a research report and produce a illustrative poster that "sells" the benefits of their chosen animal to their targeted audience 

  Staircase of Complexity: Taking the writing to a higher level
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Can I Live in Your Classroom?

Unit 15: Arguing to make a point!
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT...research information from multiple sources to determine the best animals for our classroom

Big Idea: Animals give us a reason to care when we become responsible for them in our classrooms.

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