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Use formatting to organize an explanatory essay after comparing and contrasting expository and narrative genres. Young writers explore expository writing by employing prewriting techniques and graphic organizers to plan an essay. This is especially helpful as you begin a unit on informative or explanatory writing structure.
Sixth graders review examples of expository writing in literature, history, and science in this five-lesson unit. The lessons address summarizing, development of fiction and nonfiction book reports, and the organization of friendly and business letters. Additionally, it encourages young writers to create their own original work and avoid plagiarism.
Emerging writers need graphic organizers to make sure they include the necessary components in their writing! This organizer helps writers prepare for expository writing assignments. There's a place to identify the topic idea, an introduction, ideas for four paragraphs, supporting details, and a conclusion. They'll be ready to write after using this document!
Practice outlining and evaluating expository writing in this lesson. After discussing main ideas and seeing examples, young writers go through a sample outline and discuss the way to properly format a piece of writing. They then create their own outline of a magazine article, and compare their work to the work of their peers.
Thoroughly investigate the art of expository writing through reading and writing a variety of expository texts including essays, speeches, and news articles that are ready for you to print. You will find detailed objectives and outlines for each instructional activity. This unit delves into citation, facts versus opinions, common Latin phrases, and a host of other skills.
Bring this lesson on the expository format to your language arts writing unit. Middle schoolers take notes on a step-by-step plan detailing how to write a good expository writing piece. The process takes young writers through the complete process of formulating a well-structured essay. Write the plan on the board, a chart, or the overhead. To extend the lesson, have your class bring in visual aids or multimedia components to enhance their writing.
Upper elementary learners generate sequencing and web graphic organizers while planning expository and narrative writing. They work in teams to complete webs in order to improve a short story and organize a report. Small groups discuss their ideas and then share with the class.
Combining descriptive and expository writing skills, middle schoolers create a character sketch about someone they know well. They use a graphic organizer to help them discuss a model character sketch and organize/write one of their own. The lesson could be modified for any grade level, and it could be useful when writing about a character from literature.
Fifth graders review what they've learned about expository writing. First, they choose a topic and develop questions they want to answer in their writing. Then they list facts they are already aware of and share information they already know about a given topic. Finally, they conference with the teacher about their writing.