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Digging into Research Writing -- 5th Grade Unit 6

What is research writing? Why is learning how to research important? This introductory lesson to research writing will guide students through the process of selecting & narrowing a topic, & gathering information on what they know and want to learn.

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Transcript of Digging into Research Writing -- 5th Grade Unit 6

5th Grade Unit 6
1. Look at the two starred topics you chose from your list.

2. Decide if they seem like really BIG topics or if they seem like narrow subtopics.

3. If it seems like a big topic, then narrow it down into a subtopic like we just practiced.

4. If it seems like a narrow subtopic already, then write a topic [big idea] next to it.
Look at the word

Turn to the person next to you and tell them what you think it means.
What is research writing?
Genre: Informative/Explanatory
Once you’ve determined a topic and subtopic, you will be ready to start thinking about what you know & what you want to learn.
How do I decide what I'll research on my topic?
Native American Tribes _______________________________

Famous People _______________________________

_____________________ Miguel Cabrera

National Disasters _______________________________

_____________________ English Bulldogs

Remember a topic is a big idea for your research. Usually TOO big in fact.

This means we need to narrow down our topic idea into a subtopic.

A subtopic will be easier to research and easier to write.

We’re not writing a book; we’re writing a research paper!
Topics & Subtopics
Things to consider before selecting a topic:
Will I be able to find information easily on this topic?
Will I be able to read what I find?
Will it be too hard to understand?
Will I learn something new?
Think about things that you like and are interested in.

For example:
Famous people or athletes
Historical events
Vacation spots
How do I
choose a topic?

Put a star next to your TOP 2 choices.
My Topic List:
George Lucas
The Coral Reef
Native American Tribes
Brainstorming Time!
Make a list of 5 topics
that you might be
interested in researching.
Internet & Media Sources
Informational books
Newspaper Articles
Where do I start my research?
Take a think break and consider what types of jobs or careers might require the use of research.

Give a thumbs up when you have one.
Why do research?
What is research?
Why research?
How do I choose a topic?
How do I decide what to research on my topic?
How do I find information for my topic?


Research Is.....
FBI agent
coach or scout
Plus many more!
Time to "Dig Up" Topic Ideas
Give me a thumbs up if you think
that there are a lot of presidents.
Right, there are too many presidents to research for one paper, so I need to narrow it down to a specific president.
I've narrowed down animals to bears, but do you think I could narrow down bears even more?
Research Writing

Mmmm...think I found something tasty!
to narrow down a topic
What's Next?
Narrowing a topic into a subtopic is not required, BUT it does help focus our research.
The broader the topic the more difficult it is to organize information.
I don't want to research just one type of shark. I'd rather research general facts
about the shark family.
Big Questions
Things I want to learn about my topic/subtopic.
Big Questions
The BIG questions help us identify
WHAT to Research and
HOW to ORGANIZE the information.
For Example:
Topic: Sharks
3 BIG Questions
1. What are the fastest sharks?
2. What is the smallest shark?
3. How long do sharks live?
Discuss with a partner the different types of sources you can use to do research.
Traditional Print Sources
The World Wide Web - websites
Search Engines - Google, Yahoo, Safari
Video Media- YouTube
Digital Texts - magazines, books, articles
Surfing the Web....
*Not all information on the web is accurate. Look for websites that end in...
.gov .edu .org
*Use teacher approved websites.
*Always follow the safe & acceptable computer usage policies of your school.
Independent Writing Time
1. Complete your Research 3-Chart.
2. Pick ONE of the topics from your 3-Chart. This will be the topic you'll be researching soon.
3. Free write about your topic in your writer's notebook.
Digging up Gems
A gem is a special stone.

Think of 3 LEARNING GEMS from our introduction lesson on research writing.
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