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Sara Chatfield Subject Informational Writing Grade 4 Objective SWBAT create a Table of Contents to organize their informational books

. CCSS Alignment W.4.2-Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. W.4.2a-Indtroduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. SL.4.1-Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with divers partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Materials Writers notebooks Pencil Computer Projector (hooked up to computer screen) Instruction -Introduction – Explain to writers that they will be creating a Table of Contents for their informational books based on the subtopics they have chosen. -Type “Table of Contents” at the top of a new page. Instruct students to write the same thing on a new page. -Demonstrate how I organize my subtopics and list them in a way that makes sense. I will have my list of subtopics displayed on the projector. I will rearrange them and explain my reasoning for their new placement. -Demonstrate how I change the wording of my subtopics. Explain that the titles to the sections in their books are called headings. Each heading needs to be interesting to the reader. I will type out my new heading names and explain my reasoning for each one. **Explain that in headings, important words and proper nouns must be capitalized. -Type out the following instructions for students to follow: 1) Arrange subtopics in an order that makes sense. 2) Change wording of subtopics to create interesting headings. -Independent practice- I will leave my examples projected for students to reference as they create their own Table of Contents. Assessment Walk around to each table and conference with students to assess who needs further help. Collect pages when they are finished to proofread them. Make sure the chapters are organized in a way that makes sense and that the headings are interesting and relate to the subtopic. Leave feedback letting students know whether they can use this Table of Contents in their final copy or if they need to make changes. Wrap-up When students finish their Table of Contents they can finish adding topic sentences and using the underline & add more technique from the previous day. If that is done, they can make notes of specific places in their writing where they want to research more information. **This lesson plan was adapted from the MAISA nonfiction reading unit.