Informative Writing

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Develop written expression with our Informative Writing Lesson Plan as students successfully write a five paragraph informative essay which clearly provides factual information and/or explanations about an expository topic.  Starting with a group brainstorming session to model fact accumulation and categorization of ideas, this interactive lesson demonstrates the process of composing an informative writing piece.  Use this lesson to strengthen writing skills, as well as to develop analytical skills.

Informative Writing Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Informative Writing
  • Informative Writing Practice Worksheets
  • Informative Writing Word Problem worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Develop written expression with our Informative Writing Lesson Plan as students successfully write a five paragraph informative essay which clearly provides factual information and/or explanations about an expository topic.  Starting with a group brainstorming session to model fact accumulation and categorization of ideas, this interactive lesson demonstrates the process of composing an informative writing piece.  Use this lesson to strengthen writing skills, as well as to develop analytical skills.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Ask students some questions that relate to informative essay topics. For example, “What is your favorite thing to learn about in science? Who is your favorite actor? What is the coolest time period you have ever learned about in history? What one topic in science or history do you want to learn more about? Do you have a favorite animal? How many of you have been on a vacation to another state or country?” Listen to responses. Say, “All the answers you gave provided great topics for an informational essay.
  2. Ask students if they can describe an informational essay, or if they’ve ever written one. Listen to response. Clarify or explain that the purpose of an informative essay, sometimes called an expository essay, is to provide factual information about a certain topic. It has to be a nonfiction topic, such as a place, person, species, historical event, or scientific topic.
  3. Pick a topic that you think you students will be familiar with, such a local animal, or a topic recently studied in history or science. As a class, brainstorm facts that relate to the topic and write them on the board or chart paper- make sure you do not include opinions.
  4. Group facts into categories by rewriting them into at least three clusters. Add more facts if needed. For example, if you chose an animal, information could be grouped into appearance, habitat, and fun facts.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.A, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.B, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.A, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.B, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.C, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.A, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.B, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.C, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.D

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 3-5 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts

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