Building Skills In Writing: Report Writing

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Your 2nd and 3rd graders will love learning the essentials of great report writing with fun-filled activities such as Bright-Beginnings Report Planner, Topic-Shrinking Machine, and Big Deal Note-Taking Wheel. Includes lessons and strategies for teaching students how to take effective notes, identify and develop a topic of appropriate scope, and exclude extraneous information. Students will also learn about writing to inform using various report formats, using checklists to evaluate their work, and more. Plus a ...
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Overview

Your 2nd and 3rd graders will love learning the essentials of great report writing with fun-filled activities such as Bright-Beginnings Report Planner, Topic-Shrinking Machine, and Big Deal Note-Taking Wheel. Includes lessons and strategies for teaching students how to take effective notes, identify and develop a topic of appropriate scope, and exclude extraneous information. Students will also learn about writing to inform using various report formats, using checklists to evaluate their work, and more. Plus a BIG, colorful poster with tips for writing "Red-Hot Reports"!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439288422
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Building Skills In Writing
  • Edition description: BK&POSTER
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 3 months - 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
About This Series 4
About This Book 4
Correlations With the Language Arts Standards 5
Teaching With the Poster: Recipe for Good Writing--Red-Hot Reports 5
Chapter 1 Getting Started: Choosing a Topic 7
Step 1 Brainstorming Themes 8
Make It Personal 8
Connect to Your Curriculum 8
Use Field Trips and Special Events 9
Use the Media 10
Selected Periodicals for Second-and Third-Graders 10
Step 2 Checking Scope
Topic-Shrinking Machine 12
Step 3 Forming Research Questions
Bright-Beginnings Report Planner 15
Teacher Checklist: Tracking Student Progress 19
Chapter 2 Research and Note-Taking 20
Top Six Student Misconceptions About Research 20
Introducing Library Research 22
Map the Library 22
Explore Call Numbers 22
Teach Search Secrets 23
Take Advantage of a Book's Tools 23
Passport-to-Research Mini-Book 23
Introducing Internet Research 27
Sites to See: Recommended Web Sites for Students 27
Teacher Checklist: Finding Appropriate Web Sites for Students 28
Introducing Interviews and Surveys 29
Introducing Note-Taking 30
Use a Grid 30
Make a Web 30
Chapter 3 Turning Notes Into A-Plus Reports 34
Great-Opening-Acts Flap Book Writing Skills: Beginning Reports 35
What's the Scoop? Writing Skills: Writing Paragraphs 38
What Doesn't Belong? Writing Skills: Excluding Irrelevant Details 40
Order in the Report! Paragraph Game Writing Skills: Sequencing Paragraphs 42
Terrific Titles Writing Skills: Writing Effective Titles 44
Add Spice to Sentences Writing Skills: Varying Sentences 45
Question-and-Answer Peekaboo Book Writing Skills: Learning About Presentation 47
Create a Classroom Magazine Writing Skills: Synthesizing Report-Writing Skills 50
Other Creative Report Formats 51
Chapter 4 Wrapping Up Reports: Suggestions for Editing, Publishing, and Assessing 52
Student Checklist: Editing My Report 54
Student Checklist: Editing Symbols 55
Teacher Rubric: Assessing Student Reports 56
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