This is the third, and final week, of your student’s first research paper! (You can view Week One and Week Two by clicking the links). It is writing week and we are ready! Begin this week by having your students fill in the “Possible Hooks” page of their Research Booklet. If writing a hook is a new idea for your students, use the worksheet provided in the My First Research Paper download to get their creative juices flowing.
Their favorite hook can then be used in their opening paragraph (introduction). Now, they are “Ready to Write.” Use these cards and the “Revision Checklist”, from My First Research Paper to go over what you expect to find in their rough draft and set them working.
When my daughter was stuck (getting stuck is part of the writing process at this age–at any age!!!), she found using her notecards helpful. Be sure to have your students use their graphics in their rough draft as “place holders.” Simply lay them on the page to see how much space they need. Then take them off and write which graphic goes in that spot.
Once their rough drafts are complete–its is time to publish! They are heading toward the finish line–and need lots of time for writing (and breaks)! Keep encouraging them to finish well.
Oh, how fun it is to be done!