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Struggling on what steps to take in your expository essay lesson? Or confused on what to include for your scribes? This exercise in the process of expository writing provides concepts and structure for the educator on what the writers should be executing in the three stages (pre-writing, drafting, revision) of the writing process. It also provides ideas on what materials to bring to the classroom. An easily adaptable writing prompt is available.
Here is an amazing, 39-page collection of lessons on reading expository text, and writing about it. Designed for third graders, these lessons thoroughly cover this all-important area of literacy and language arts. Beautifully designed worksheets and graphic organizers will help your pupils every step of the way through these activities. Highly recommended for any teacher of third graders who is looking for lessons on this topic.
Help your middle or high school class generate ideas for writing through class discussions. Next, explore organizational strategies to facilitate planning which help learners create a coherent essay complete with introduction, main points, and conclusion. Finally, they develop a thesis to clearly plan their five-paragraph essays using the philosophy discussed in class.
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.
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 young scholars 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.
Elementary schoolers are charged with writing an article for their peers. A class discussion yields topics about which learners consider themselves to be an expert. The teacher models how to construct an article by using facts he or she has written down on index cards about something they are an expert about. The cards are organized in an understandable fashion, and the process of writing the article begins. This kind of expository writing is very important to include in your teaching year, and the lesson outlined here will provide your pupils with a good opportunity for writing.
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.
Learners examine articles from a number of sources to determine their main ideas and details, and discuss them as a class. Using a worksheet, they practice outlining a report after watching a teacher demonstration of the outlining process. Finally, they visit the library to choose a piece of expository writing to outline.
Are your class members nervous about writing essays? Provide a template for the five-paragraph essay to ease their nerves. The slides in this presentation do just that and color-code the process. A fairly long PowerPoint, you might go over one paragraph of the format per day.
Ensure your class is using an explanatory writing style. They practice expository writing using its organizational structure to lay out their ideas. They gather ideas in a logical and clear manner, record their work in their writer's notebooks, and expand on prior topics as they become stronger writers.
When would two paws up denote a blockbuster film in your classroom? Only when young writers create movie reviews from a pet's perspective in this imaginative expository writing practice. This engaging topic begins with a class discussion to brainstorm and list the criteria for a good movie. The procedure follows with the reading of a model pet movie review of a fictional remake of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by two off-beat iguanas, Eggbert and Delbert, from the workbook Lights, Camera, Woof! Writing for Pet Entertainment Television. Precise language, supporting evidence, a strong voice, and ability to persuade are targeted skills developed through pre-writing questions. Shared responses in both human and pet voices provide a platform for drafting teacher models that can be reviewed with the included criteria chart. Finish with a class assessment that uses close-reading strategies of highlighting effective text elements. While written primarily for use by middle school learners, the activity can be adapted to younger grades by making expectations developmentally appropriate.
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.
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.
Third graders write a five-paragraph expository essay on what kind of friends they like to have. They organize their thoughts using a Think-Sheet graphic organizer, write the five-paragraph essay, edit their essay with a partner, and read their paragraph aloud to the class.
Students read an excerpt from Amelia Earhart's autobiography, 'The Fun of It'. They explore various nonfiction resources about her life and write a short newspaper article on a specific event from Earhart's life and develop a longer piece of expository writing on the life of a different notable woman in history.
In lesson 13 of this unit on colonial trade, young researchers learn about apprentices as they prepare to write help-wanted ads for the specific trade they have been researching. To begin, the class listens closely as the teacher reads aloud an informational text on apprentices while working in small groups to take notes on the information they hear. Using their notes, learners then write a summary paragraph about apprentices in colonial times. Finally, pupils participate in guided practice where the teacher models how to fill in a graphic organizer that helps plan out the help-wanted ad they will be writing in the next lesson. A great resource that uses the concept of apprenticeship to engage young scholars as they learn how to use their research in creating a piece of expository writing.
Explore informative and explanatory writing with this lesson. Using a cube labeled with directives to describe, analyze, compare, associate, apply, and argue the topic, middle schoolers work individually or in groups to answer questions. They will then share their thoughts. This is a great lesson to introduce your middle schoolers to critical thinking.