RESEARCH: IDENTIFYING CATEGORIES FOR OUR RESEARCH ABOUT THE WHEELWRIGHT
Students read a text about the wheelwright in this lesson. They then reread this same text again in Lesson 6 and practice taking notes. So in this lesson, allow students’ understanding of the wheelwright text to be initial/preliminary/emerging. The main point of Lesson 5 is for students to get the gist of the text well enough to be able to generate categories for their future note taking and research.
This lesson’s Work Time Part B is particularly important, because the categories students come up with are the ones they will use to guide their own research later in the unit. The body of the lesson includes suggestions for likely categories. Be sure that students come up with the categories. The fourth- grade standard for note-taking (W.4.8) states explicitly that students need to be able to “categorize information” (as compared to the third-grade standard, which says students need to be able to “sort” information into “provided categories”).