Create Your Own Research Packs
Each pack requires one high-quality informational text per child, supplemented by free or low cost sources. Student facing materials and a uniform structure across grades support teachers and students in constructing a viable model for approaching tasks that integrate reading, writing and research. Each research pack contains lessons that follow the gradual release of responsibility by including a full class task (approximately 3 weeks), a peer supported group task (2 weeks) and for grades 3–-5, an independent research task (approximately 2 weeks). Teachers can choose to use one, two, or all three of the components.
Each research pack:
- Centers on a single topic (i.e., keeping Earth healthy, biodiversity, living in groups) and relies heavily on books and articles.
- Includes graphic organizers and writing scaffolds to support students in acquiring, organizing, and using their new vocabulary and knowledge
- Is designed to be completed as a class, then in small groups, and eventually independently.
Highlighted Aspects of the Shifts
All of the lessons presented on achievethecore.org are designed to highlight one or more aspects of the ELA/literacy Shifts. The Research Pack lessons particularly emphasize:
Complexity: Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
Knowledge: Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
Learn more about the ELA/literacy Shifts.