Magic Treehouse Fact Tracker Writing: Mummies and Pyramids
Date(s) - 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
This course will provide a heavily scaffolded/supported introduction to research writing using the Magic Treehouse Fact Tracker: Mummies and Pyramids. We will begin with teacher modeling and shared writing and gradually release more ownership of the writing to the student as skills develop. In class, we will complete a structured graphic organizer by taking notes from the text so students have what they need to type their paragraphs in Google docs to share with the teacher. Throughout the five weeks, we will write a 5 paragraph research report on Ancient Egypt. We will also learn how to ask questions from reading informational text by creating an interactive Kahoot game. Pre-class assignment: Read chapter 1 in the Magic Treehouse Fact Tracker: Mummies and Pyramids Week 1: The Nile River * Teacher introduces the basic structure of a paragraph * Teacher models how to write a topic sentence * Teacher models paraphrasing facts using keywords from the text * Teacher models how concluding sentence restates the topic sentence * If time, make up Kahoot questions about the Nile River Homework: Read Fact Tracker chapter 2, Rewrite Nile River paragraph from graphic organizer using Google docs Week 2: Everyday Life * Teacher reviews basic structure of a paragraph * Shared writing: topic sentence * Shared writing: find keywords, paraphrase facts * Teacher models how to add linking words to add paragraph structure (also, another, more, but) * Shared writing: concluding sentence * If time, make up Kahoot questions about Family Life Homework: Read Fact Tracker chapter 8, Rewrite family life paragraph from graphic organizer using Google docs Week 3: Pharaohs * Students review the basic structure of a paragraph * Students write topic sentences with teacher support * Students find keywords and paraphrase facts with teacher support * Students write a concluding sentence with teacher support * If time, make up Kahoot questions about Pharaohs Homework: Read Fact Tracker chapter 9, Rewrite Pharoah paragraph from graphic organizer using Google docs Week 4: Introduction and Conclusion Paragraphs * Teacher models 3 sentence structure for introduction and conclusion using visual (triangle) model * Shared writing of opener, bridge sentence, and thesis statement * Shared writing of thesis statement, bridge sentence, and closer * Choose titles Homework: Rewrite intro and conclusion paragraphs from graphic organizer using Google docs Week 5: Revising and Publishing * Students bring their completed 5 paragraphs to class * Teacher models how to add in transition words as sentence openers * Students share in groups and provide feedback and suggested revisions to one another with teacher support * Students create labeled illustrations to enhance each paragraph using the Fact Tracker as reference * Play Kahoot with class questions This class can be taken at the same time as Dinosaurs Before Dark: A Magic Treehouse Adventure for a complete fiction/ non-fiction reading and writing experience. Students with disabilities are welcome! Please feel free to contact me ahead of time to let me know how I can best support your learner.