The lesson introduces students to the four different types of writing with an overview of each. Each type of writing is defined with some examples of when it is used. Examples are provided so students may practice identifying various types of writing. There are other lessons focusing on each writing type which can be used in conjunction with this lesson.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask students to name as many different reasons they can for writing. Ask: What are the different purposes for writing?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Display a list of answers. Ask students if they could name the 4 types of writing.
- Allow for responses. Once the four are identified, using the list ask students which type of writing would be used for the examples. (Some may be identified as more than one type.)
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Four Types of Writing to the class.
- Distribute Four Types of Writing content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Teachers may choose to use current reading content as examples of the different writing types. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Allow students access to the Internet or other sources for the “Type of Writing Search”. Remind students to include two sentences that clearly match the writing type.
- Once completed, student pairs share one or more their samples and will tell why they identified it as chosen type of writing.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Students share their original sentences.
- In closing, ask students: Which type of writing is your favorite to use and why?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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