Students are in mini-research clubs and have chosen an issue to research by first choosing a topic that interests them and that they want to learn more about. Then the narrowed that topic by identifying an issue/subtopic within the larger topic and an essential question that will guide their research.
Some of the issues my students are researching are:
- Should students in elementary school have cellphones?
- Should elephants be entertainers in circuses?
- Should animals be grouped by species/type in zoos or mixed all together to form relationships with other animals?
- Should students under the age of 12 play contact sports?
- Should school cafeterias serve chocolate milk or only white milk?
- Is global warming causing polar bears to become endangered and possibly extinct?
Here are some photos of students' research notebooks and notes:
Once students collect evidence to support both sides, they will make a decision of where they stand on the issue and will present their learning with their classmates in a presentation format of their choice. For example, the mini-research clubs can organize a class debate, co-author a nonfiction book (narrative, hybrid) together using one of our read alouds as a mentor text, or can create a video or multi-media presentation. In addition to this group presentation, each student is writing a research-based argumentative essay to support their claim during writing workshop. Stay tuned to hear more about this writing unit this week! :)
Happy Researching! :)