Get organized! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the fundamentals of making an outline. Learn about this important pre-writing step as you find out how to sort, organize, and classify information into distinct categories. Discover how to use letters and numbers to indicate a particular piece of information’s level of importance, and learn where your topic and thesis should go in order to make your outline as clear as possible. Plus, find out why index cards are such a good note-taking tool and why not all the information you write down needs to make it into your paper. Master the outline and get ready to hand in killer reports!

Authentic Purposes for Research Lesson Plan: After the Storm Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to practice research, reading, and writing skills within a real-world context. Through game play, students take on the role of a news magazine editor-in-chief, and must research facts through a variety of informational texts (such as press releases, email, and text massages) and then edit edit stories and coordinate social media to disseminate information to the community. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »