Read Across America Day Research Project


Updated Post:  I removed this Dr Seuss Research Project from Teachers Pay Teachers because I was afraid I was (unintentionally) infringing on copyright. Dr Seuss and  Read Across America are even trademarked words so I don't think they can be sued without permission. :(

However, I did want to do a reading project that would be appropriate for March for ANY author. So I edited the project below to make it copyright, trademark friendly!!



The project is the *mostly* same, but I did my best to improve it :).  Students can either be assigned or choose an author to research. A list of 17 authors appropriate for primary and intermediate students is included. A "ballot" for students to choose an author is also included. 

Students will use the internet to research a famous author’s life and write a short biography of his or her life. A note taking sheet is included. Then, students will create a brochure describing the author’s life while integrating text features.

The brochure includes the following text features:
• Bold print/ types of print (Students will need to select the words and bold them or highlight them. It is not a separate part of the brochure)
• Headings
• Table of Contents
• Index
• Glossary
• Picture with a caption
• Map

A list of suggested websites for author research is included.  I also recreated the SAME list of suggested websites for author research in a Word document so the  teacher can just cut and paste all the links in the document and add them to a website or to a class blog. If teacher's don't have unable to create their own blog or website page, I  created a blog post just dedicated to this.  You can see the post here.

You can get it here on TpT for only $3.50!!!

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      Every year I want to participate in the Read Across America Day festivities, but it seems like many of the ideas are too primary or do not hit our standards. This year I decided to change that and made my OWN project to match the standards! We are currently studying nonfiction conventions and informational writing.

With this project students will be researching the life of Dr. Seuss and writing a biography and publishing it in the format of a brochure. Students then will create the conventions to match the writing.

Here is a rundown of the project:

The purpose of this package is to integrate research skills, text features, and informational writing with “The Man that Made a Cat Famous” birthday and Read Across America Day.

          Students will use the internet to research his life and write a short biography of his life. Then, students will create a brochure describing his life while integrating text features. The brochure includes the following text features:

· Bold print/ types of print

· Headings

· Table of Contents

· Index

· Glossary

· Picture with a caption

· Map

Also included in this package are an assessment rubric, a research/ note taking page and a list recommended websites for research.

Please note that this can be differentiated many ways. It can be an at home project, an extension project for younger students, an independent school research project or a guided project used for modeling. In my classroom, we will research together, with the teacher modeling for students how to take notes as the students copy. The biography will be written together as a shared writing piece. Then, students will work with partners to determine the headings, table of contents headings, bold print words, glossary, words for the index, and create their own picture and caption.



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14 comments

  1. This sounds incredible!
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  2. How fun! Great for my third graders!

    Meg
    mfeby1@yahoo.com

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  3. I know I am not the first 2, but you never know - maybe you will want to surprise the first five ;) This looks great - something fun and primaryish that is perfect for third grade academics!
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  4. Ooh...too long in the shower!

    Your unit looks great. (And would be a welcome respite from all the animal reports I am invariably stuck with!)

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  5. Too bad I didn't check before school! Looks awesome!! :)

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

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  6. This is a great idea! I think my 4th graders (da Beach Brains) would like this. Thanks for posting it, Mandy!

    Your newest blog follower,

    Josh
    http://mrbsbeachbrains.blogspot.com

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  7. I can't seem to find your dr seuss research project on your TPT site. Am I missing something? THanks so much!

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  8. I'm also looking for it and have had no success :(
    Maribel
    Learning In Wonderland

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  9. Due to copy right with Dr. Seuss, I have taken this down. :( I am afraid he will sue me! :( So sorry!

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