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Prewriting: Organizing Your Thoughts

Got an idea for an essay or report? In this BrainPOP movie, you’ll learn how get it down on paper, as Tim and Moby introduce you to some organizational strategies for writing! Find out which five questions to ask yourself before you start writing, plus three different methods of organizing and focusing your thoughts. You’ll also learn about how to use a word web to narrow your field and why it helps to have your thoughts in sequence. You’ll even see how to use a story map to make a research paper more exciting! Get organized!

Authentic Purposes for Research Lesson Plan: After the Storm Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to practice research, reading, and writing skills within a real-world context. Through game play, students take on the role of a news magazine editor-in-chief, and must research facts through a variety of informational texts (such as press releases, email, and text massages) and then edit edit stories and coordinate social media to disseminate information to the community. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Writing, Reasoning, & Civics Lesson Plan: Drafting Board Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore the process of producing clear and polished opinion essays. Students will use arguments presented in a variety of resource documents to help them form an opinion on a controversial civics issue. They will then use an online essay-building platform to make their claim and support it with evidence and reasoning in order to produce a structured and effective argument. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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