My reading coach handed this book off to me with the intent of encouraging our students to write their own books based off their inquiry circle research. I read it to the kids and told them what the thought was. They reacted by saying, "We can't do that. How do we tell a story and use our research? It's too hard!" I let them off the hook that day and said maybe we can think of another way to share what they've learned. In reality I had a sneaky little plan to show them how to write a fictional book based off their research I just didn't tell them what I was up to!
While in our inquiry circles I have been researching octopuses to model my thinking and to work through the process with them. We have been tracking our thinking all along. Last week, I told them I wanted all our octopus tracks on one chart. So we wrote fact after fact. They were so proud of our research. The next day we delved into write a story but I eased them in slowly by prompting them with questions. It naturally flowed after that. I was amazed by the research they included! Now they are doing their own within their inquiry circle...it's so exciting!!
Here is a document I made to help them along the way, Using Research to Write Fiction (Borders are by From the Pond; Fonts by Fonts for Peas).
The story, Octopus in Trouble, was the story that my class wrote...just genius!