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4th Grade Editorial Research Guide
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You will learn about your selected editorial topic using this resource guide and books.  Think about the purpose of your editorial.  What is your opinion? What is your purpose for writing: to persuade, or a call to action? What is the counter argument? You will need to find true facts to support your opinion. Your editorial will be published in a homeroom edition of an editorial magazine. 


Library Catalog: Atriuum

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    Sources to Try



    This LibGuide was adapted with permission from Joy Harvey at Schoo Middle School in Lincoln Nebraska.  Thank you Mrs. Harvey!


    Steps to Writing Your Editorial

    *Choose a topic

    *pick a side--are you FOR or AGAINST this idea?

    *What is your purpose for writing? (to persuade, call to action)

    *Research the pros and cons (use 2-3 sources)

    *Take cited notes using provided notetaking format

    *Brainstorm 3 or more strong reasons to support your opinion

    *Write your editorial (Include a title, hook, strong word choice, and a quote. Use nonfiction text sructure and paragraphing for organization)

    *Challenge:  Include and address the counter argument in your editorial



    Section 3.5 of the 4th Grade D181 Information Literacy Standards:

    Recognize the need for citing sources and record citation information (e.g., author, title, place of publication, publisher, copyright date) with support


    Print these worksheets to take notes and to gather information about the sources you use in this project.


    Book Note Taking Sheet


    Encyclopedia Note Taking Sheet


    Website Note Taking Sheet


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