Get organized! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the fundamentals of making an outline. Learn about this important pre-writing step as you find out how to sort, organize, and classify information into distinct categories. Discover how to use letters and numbers to indicate a particular piece of information’s level of importance, and learn where your topic and thesis should go in order to make your outline as clear as possible. Plus, find out why index cards are such a good note-taking tool and why not all the information you write down needs to make it into your paper. Master the outline and get ready to hand in killer reports!

Research Lesson Plan: Choosing a Topic, Researching, and Writing

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students view, analyze, and discuss various BrainPOP videos in order to get an overview of possible research topics. Students then complete the research process in order to synthesize a research paper. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »