Topic Development

Our Topic Development lesson plan teaches students how to choose an essay or research topic. Students use the five steps presented in the lesson to practice choosing and developing topics based on given criteria.

Our Topic Development lesson plan breaks down the process of choosing a topic to write about or research. Five steps are provided that students can use to select a topic appropriate for an assignment. The lesson also provides fill-in-the-blank sentences that can help students brainstorm. During this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively with a partner to identify topics using specific directives. Students are also asked to place each set of steps for developing a topic in order, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson material.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to effectively choose and develop a topic for a piece of writing, narrowing a broad subject area to a specific and relevant topic.

Common Core State Standards: No specific CCSS but may be combined with lessons using: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1

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Language Arts


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade