Teaching Research for Non-Fiction Writing

To teach research skills for non-fiction writing, use three key strategies:
  • Alphabox
  • Key Word Stratey
  • RAN Chart

Learn more about these strategies here

See a sample outline of mini-lessons for a unit on research for non-fiction writing.


Key Word Strategy

RAN Chart

Students can organize their notes into a research notebook.

These are headings to create your own RAN chart in the classroom.


Use centers to have students conduct their research. Set up centers where students conduct research, i.e. partner reading, photographs, realia, and the Internet.