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Task #3: Organizing Facts and Writing a Topic Sentence


Standards: Students will be able to recall and list information about a particular topic.
Students will be able to organize information prior to writing.
Students will be able to write a good topic sentence.


Task: Independent Activity - Putting the First Two Steps Together

- This activity should be done on the last day of the week.

- For this activity, the students will practice recalling facts, organizing them, and writing a topic sentence for each.

- The students need to pick three subject areas for which they can recall a lot of information about. For each one, have them follow this process:
- recall facts about topic and list them
- narrow down the topic
- fill out the organizer
- write a topic sentence that is informative and interesting


Criteria:

1. Recalling Facts - Students should have a comprehensive list of accurate facts learned about a particular subject area for the week.

2. Organizing Facts - Topic should be focused on one idea.
- Facts about the topic should be organized logically.

3. Writing a Good Topic Sentence - Topic sentences should reflect the main idea of the paragraph, should be informational, and should be interesting (makes someone want to read the paragraph).















Rubrics:


Recall and Organization Rubric


 

0 points

1 point

2 points

Recall and List of Accurate Facts

0-2 facts

3-5 facts

6+ facts

Organizer - Focused Topic

No

 

Yes

Organizer - Logical Flow

No

 

Yes





Topic Sentence Rubric

Is it a topic sentence?

 

0 points

1 point

No

Yes

Is the topic sentence informational?

No

Yes

Is the topic sentence interesting?

No

Yes





 
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