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Struggling on what steps to take in your expository essay lesson plan? 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. 
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.
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 plan 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.
Students 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.
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.
Students analyze narrative passages in order to improve their writing skills. In this narrative writing lesson students use the same style of writing that they have analyzed in their own narrative passage.
Connect expository writing to a real world skill when the class composes a letter of inquiry. They find the parts of a business letter and work as a class to correct missing parts. After the initial exercise they compose an origial letter of inquiry.
Students write introductions and conclusions for an expository writing piece.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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 students, the activity can be adapted to younger grades by making expectations developmentally appropriate. 
Fifth graders write an expository essay using figurative language that explains why Marty, one of the characters in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's novel, Shiloh, dislikes Judd Travers. They create a cover page for their writing using the computer and present their writing to the whole class.
Learners create an expository essay. In this writing lesson Students are assigned a country and must conduct research surrounding a historic event that occurred in that country at the time of their birth.
Shake hands with all of your class members, sending a different verbal message as you go along. Give them practice in expository writing by having them describe the handshake and how it makes them feel. This is an exploration of non-verbal communication as well as a brief writing exercise.
For this expository writing worksheet, students are given an article on religion to read. Students must answer comprehension questions based on the reading and write a summary of the information.
Explore informative and explanatory writing with this instructional activity. 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 instructional activity to introduce your middle schoolers to critical thinking. 
Practice outlining and evaluating expository writing in this lesson plan. 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.

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