Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Writing Wednesday Link-Up-Using a Flee Map



Hi everyone!  I'm linking up with Lit With Lyns for Writing Wednesday Link-Up!  This month I want to focus on historical research projects!

It's beyond important that we incorporate writing across the curriculum and within all content areas.  It's always amusing to me when my middle schoolers assume we aren't going to do reading and writing in history...EVERYTHING we do is centered around reading and writing!  It's important to incorporate and enforce those same concepts that are being presented to them in their ELA classes so there is continuity  in their writing from one class to another.  I like to ensure that the terminology that I use is consistent with what they are hearing in Language Arts, so it's important to collaborate with your team to make sure you are all on the same page.

When I'm ready to start a writing research project with my class, I like to emphasize a part of the writing process that they are currently working on within their Language Arts class.  At the beginning of the year, this is usually the hook and developing a good thesis.  Towards the end of the year, it usually is developing good body paragraphs and ensuring you have a solid bibliography.  

To help me enforce all of the important steps of the writing process, I like to use a Flee Map tailored to the particular topic that my students will be researching.  Click the image below to download a FREE copy of the Flee Map that I use with my students!


I start with their Topic at the top, and then get started on the Hook.  The second page of the Flee Map has a step by step process that takes students through developing their hook.  Depending on what we are researching, I may say "No quotes" or "No questions".  I have found that this step by step planner REALLY helps to develop some well thought out and well developed hooks!


Next, we get started on the Body paragraphs.  Again, depending on what you are researching, you may want each body to focus on a particular part of their research.  The T at the top of each box is for a transition to start that paragraph.  I try to have to have them move beyond just 'First, Second, Third, etc".  

Finally, the Conclusion!  I emphasize this is the place where we restate our thesis and add other details that conclude our research.  Again, depending on what your students are researching, you may want to provide different types of support here.

Once they've finished this, they are ready to write out a Rough Draft!  I have them do this to do a final check for spelling, grammar and overall continuity.  Then, they complete a Final Draft!  I typically have them do this electronically through Google Docs and submit through a crated assignment in Google Classroom.

One of my FAVORITE research projects I do with my students is on the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt!  Click on the image below to see this product in my TpT store!  


{Great for those that teach Ancient Egypt AND for those that read the novel The Egypt Game!}

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