Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Using Research to Write Fictional Stories

The Perfect Place for an Elf Owl

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!


  1. Oh wow- you shared this for FREE? :) You are amazing! I can't wait to try this out!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  3. That is great-using nonfiction facts and writing fiction. Or is it narrative nonfiction? I have also seen the term creative nonfiction. What could be "hard" for students is easier because you have done a wonderful job helping them along!

  4. I would agree with calling it narrative nonfiction, I actually like that better :) I called it what I did so that it fit in with my county's curriculum.

  5. Oh my gosh, I am new to the PYP curriculum... and this WAS a GREAT introduction! THANK YOU!