Students will research and write about the impact of an influential woman for Women’s History Month.
Some students may benefit from suggestions on how to choose an important subject to research and report about. Emphasize their range of choices–they may choose among women in many different fields, such as authors or poets, scientists, artists, astronauts, or world leaders! Based on your students’ choices, add appropriate words (e.g., astronaut, exploration, daring) to the Important Words section of the assignment.
- Focus on the writing process:
> Planning: Download and distribute the Description graphic organizer for students to use as they gather information about their person.
> Drafting: As students write:
> Revising: Have students share their writing with a partner. Explain that the listener’s role is to both affirm and also help improve the writing. Suggest sentence starters like these:
After students share their work, be sure to give them an opportunity to consider their partner’s ideas and revise if they wish.After students share their work, be sure to give them an opportunity to consider their partner’s ideas and revise if they wish.
> Editing: Guide students to check for accurate spelling, capitalization, and punctuation throughout their writing. Remind them to use their sources to check the spelling of specific details such as names, professions, or locations.
> Publishing: Consider different ways for students to share their writing and contribute to knowledge-building about important women in history! They might:
Here are some books your students can use for research and inspiration!
For more tips to guide students before, during, and after writing, take a look at the Writing Instruction Routines page.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.