“What are you gonna study?”
This urgent question rings through our classroom every year, signifying the imminent launch of Explorers’ Club, our inquiry-based non-fiction writing unit.
This is one of our favorite writing units of the year. It takes student choice, internal motivation, research skills, paraphrasing, and non-fiction text features and wraps them all up into a creative, meaningful, and informative experience for kids.
Topics this year include such tantalizing subjects as… narwhals, peacocks, medieval times, monkeys, Benjamin Franklin, rhinoceroses, Egypt, Mt. Everest, plastic waste, electricity, hamsters, being deaf, swordfish, and snakes.
What would you choose? If you had total control and could choose a topic that interested you, that you had lots of questions about, that lit that fire of excitement and relevance for you, that you could research, that you could gather information about (in your own words, of course), and then ultimately create your own non-fiction resource for others… then what would you choose?