Wednesday, May 3rd

Today in class, we focused primarily on creating the foundation of our information writing “chapter” book. In partners, you were asked to check out how the Table of Contents was organized in a non-fiction text. Many of you learned that it may have been structured in chronological order, in a broad to specific structure, and/or in an informative way where it tapped into the general aspects of a topic and then narrowed down to more specifics.

You were then encouraged to create your own Table of Contents based on your Trails of Research. While we discovered some of our “trails” had very specific pieces of evidence that would be helpful in a chapter, our chapters titles were more so the big ideas we wanted to focus on. Also, you were reminded that you could easily add in a chapter that you know is important, even if that means you plan to do more research to fill that chapter.

We used a few resources in the Session 6 folder in Schoology to help organize the first draft of our Tables of Contents. Then, you partnered up with someone researching the same issue/topic, discussed your reasoning for the order, and even made some revisions to the structure of your Table of Contents. You were reminded that the exact titles of these chapters are not etched in stone. In fact, you may come up with some creative titles as you go!


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