Most of this project is centered around the actual writing (as it should be). Because I have the ELL class, I heavily scaffold the writing process. To tell you the truth, in 5th grade the students are still developing writers as it is, so I would scaffold no matter what. Each of my students choose a biographical subject (in this case, a Revolutionary War figure, as that is our major thematic unit of study) I then help them to organize their thoughts using a few graphic organizers.
|This is the Introduction Organizer. They do all work right on it to make it easier for the students to access the information and craft logical, interesting paragraphs. I help them to use this with the "I do, You do" modeling technique.|
The students then present their work (to work on oral language standards) and the other students have fun trying to guess who the subject is just from the visual at first! Some of them are so good, the guess is instantaneous...others, we need a few hints ;) Can you tell who the people below are? (I will give you a hint....one is the wearing dark colors because he had to warn of the impending British attack at night, and the other is the father of our country)
You can get the full project, complete with ALL of the scaffolding graphic organizers, rubrics, checklists, and standards at my TpT store. It is a project I promise your students, if they are anything like mine, will get a lot out of.