Research Writing (Grades 3-4)

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Our Research Writing Lesson Plan expands the research and written expression skills of young students.  After successfully completing and studying this interactive lesson, students will be able to successfully write a five paragraph research paper which clearly provides factual information and/or explanations about an expository topic.

Research Writing Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Research Writing
  • Research Writing Practice Worksheets
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Description

Our Research Writing Lesson Plan expands the research and written expression skills of young students.  After successfully completing and studying this interactive lesson, students will be able to successfully write a five paragraph research paper which clearly provides factual information and/or explanations about an expository topic.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Ask students what nonfiction topics they are interested in and have questions about. An excellent way to generate topics for research papers is by thinking of a question you want answered. For example, “What creates a tsunami? How is a guide dog trained? How does a car engine work? Listen to responses. Say, “All the questions you asked provided great topics for a research paper.
  2. Ask students if they can describe a research paper, or if they’ve ever written one. Listen to responses. Clarify or explain that the purpose of a research paper, to provide factual answers and explanations about a nonfiction problem or topic.
  3. Ask a question that relates to something you think your students will be familiar with, such as “Why can’t penguins fly?” or “How did our town get its name?”

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Common Core State Standards:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.10, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes):  4-5 class sessions or more

Additional Resources:

Want more language arts resources? Check out our other Language Arts Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Language Arts

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04/02/2019
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Great lesson!

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