Expository Text Teacher Resources
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Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Main Ideas about the Bullfrog
As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson plan 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 plan for teaching students how to read and comprehend expository text.
What Is Expository Text and How Do I Learn From It?
Young scholars 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.
Exposing Expository Text Structure in a Rainforest Setting
Students create a thematic booklet containing examples of different types of expository text structures. They explore a variety of expository text structures.
Water: Narrative vs. Expository Texts
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.
Writing Process- Expository Writing
Expository writing is the focus of the language arts lesson plan 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 students 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.
Identifying Important Ideas in Expository Text
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 For Information
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.
What Color is Light?
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.
Second Grade Comprehension: Identify and Discuss the Author’s Purpose
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.
Comprehension: Create a Summary from an Expository Text
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 instructional activity 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.
Short and Sweet
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.
Reading and Responding: Lesson 19
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.
Science and Reading: Water Cycle
Young scholars explore Earth science by identifying characteristics of water. In this water cycle activity, students read 10 separate books regarding Earth science and weather patterns. Young scholars analyze the information from the books and complete graphic arts activities, vocabulary quizzes and study questions.
Reading in the Science Content Area
Help your students internalize scientific ideas by teaching strategies for reading in the content area.
Directed Reading Lesson: Dear Mr. Blueberry
Second graders understand the story elements in the book Dear Mr. Blueberry. In this directed reading lesson, 2nd graders complete a story plan explaining the elements of the story. Students read specific letters in the book and discuss critical thinking questions based on the information in the letters.
Signal Words in Expository Text
Signal words are one way that authors make the relationships between their ideas clear. Allow your learners the chance to investigate cause and effect in texts by identifying signal words. They locate and analyze cause-and-effect relationships present in a nonfiction article after participating in guided practice where they work through several passages with the teacher. Materials are provided; however, you will need to create a free account to view them.
Research: Identifying Categories for Our Research About the Wheelwright
Here is a fine lesson plan on reading and understanding expository text designed for 4th graders. With a partner, learners read a passage of text about a machine called a wheelright. This machine was commonly used in the colonial period. Pupils' task is to get the gist of the text, think about the details, and to think about the categories of information they are learning about. They underline facts and details they think are important, and circle words they don't know. The class comes back together as a group and discusses the text and the purposes of the wheelright.
Understanding Clues from the Past: School Days
Third graders read primary and secondary sources as the study about schools in the early years of Kansas. In this primary and secondary source lesson, 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.
Nonfiction is "No Nonsense"
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.
Show Me The Money!
Students select which bank would best meet their needs. In this lesson plan on personal banking, students write a summary stating which bank and bank accounts best suit their own needs.