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Learners investigate the purpose of expository text. In this expository text lesson, students read an article. They identify the main idea of the passage, the text structures and text organization using Kagan Structures. They define the words narrative, expository, fiction, and non-fiction and take a quiz based on the lessons.
Pupils create a thematic booklet containing examples of different types of expository text structures. They explore a variety of expository text structures.
A reading of vignettes written by Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Lesotho and Madagascar launches a study of the difference between narrative and expository texts. As final products, young writers craft both a narrative and an expository piece. Links to web sites are included.
As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson in this literary unit helps third graders transition from reading narrative to expository writing. Scholars develop their note-taking skills as they read through the last page in the book, identifying the main ideas and key details they encounter. Readers are also introduced to a glossary that contains key vocabulary found in the text.  Through a series small group and whole-class discussions, students continue to learn how the adaptations of a bullfrog help it to survive. A great lesson for teaching students how to read and comprehend expository text.  
Expository writing is the focus of the language arts lesson presented here. In it, young writers review what expository writing is through a class discussion and teacher demonstration. Then, learners write expository text that describes a woodland forest habitat based on prior knowledge. Pairs of learners work together to write one sentence that uses specific details and clear adjectives that describe one element of the woodland habitat. All of the sentences are put together, which results in a class-generated piece of expository writing. A great teaching idea.
Students identify the main ideas from expository text. In this main ideas lesson, students read a piece of text and practice identifying what is most important. Students complete another sample reading with a group then discuss as a class.
Reading expository text is the topic of the day. Second graders chart the author's purpose as they read an expository paragraph. They then read the rest of the text on their own using the strategy they've learned. 
Students examine how to summarize information from expository text. They read an expository text and identify the important information from the reading. Students identify the topic sentence and write their own topic sentences.
To help learners better comprehend informational texts, they work through a series of activities. They discuss strategies, make predictions, skim passages, focus on key words, and practice taking notes. This lesson focuses on what to do before, during, and after reading. It also includes an information collection chart and handouts.
Explore white light as it relates to rainbows with a lesson plan. Young scientists predict the color of light when viewed through various filter-colored papers. They view online video clips about light and solar energy, write in interactive science journals, and read aloud narrative and expository text for fluency and accuracy. Note: The video is found at BrainPop.com, so you may need a subscription to show it.
Fourth graders explore nonfiction literature. They identify the author's purpose and distinguish between fact and opinion. Students explore the differences between expository text and narrative text. They use context clues to define unfamiliar vocabulary and make inferences.
Children can learn to analyze expository or informational texts at nearly any age. This scaffolded and scripted resource provides teachers with the support needed to facilitate a thoughtful lesson on summarizing informational text by identifying the main idea through the supporting details. The class works together to identify key details, summarize, and pin point the main idea of several paragraphs.
Students explore Earth science by identifying characteristics of water. In this water cycle lesson plan, students read 10 separate books regarding Earth science and weather patterns. Students analyze the information from the books and complete graphic arts activities, vocabulary quizzes and study questions.
Help your students internalize scientific ideas by teaching strategies for reading in the content area.
Third graders identify the main idea and details in two sections of the text, issued the day before, regarding the sun and planets. They acquaint themselves with an Anticipation Guide. Students place their data on an outline format provided by the teacher.
Students explore language arts by analyzing a story in class. In this story comprehension lesson, students read the book The Story of Jumping Mouse and ask themselves questions about the story in order to predict and explain actions. Students identify the characters, settings and conflict and compare their early predictions to the end result of the book.
Third graders read primary and secondary sources as the study about schools in the early years of Kansas. In this primary and secondary source instructional activity, 3rd graders examine how historians use primary source documents to tell about the past in secondary sources. They use their own words to tell a story about what schooling was like in early Kansas.
Have your class participate in a discussion of the nonfiction genre. Do they enjoy it? Is it boring? Then have them demonstrate the author's purpose by writing an expository text. They view various types of nonfiction and take notes on each work's organization and presentation. Finally, they write a brief essay that demonstrates the understanding of the author's purpose in an expository text.
Students select which bank would best meet their needs. In this lesson on personal banking, students write a summary stating which bank and bank accounts best suit their own needs.
Learners use context clues to define words with multiple meanings. After extensive practice with their teacher, learners read through six sentences, they then identify a word with a multiple meaning, and determine its meaning based on the context of the sentence. Sentence worksheet and full teacher script is included.

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