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The Writing Process for Expository Writing
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.
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.
Informative/ Expository Writing
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.
Fact or Fiction - What is Expository 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.
Expository Writing: The Five-Paragraph Essay
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.
Outlining Main Ideas and Details Adapted from: Expository Writing by Tara McCarthy
Middle schoolers 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.
The Five Paragraph Essay: A Framework for Expository Writing
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.
Writing a Letter of Inquiry!
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.
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.
How to Write a Movie Review from a Pet's Perspective
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.
Expository Writing: What kind of friend do you prefer?
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.
Women in History: Research for Expository Writing
Learners 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.
Outlining Main Ideas and Details
Practice outlining and evaluating expository writing in this instructional activity. 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.
Summarizing and Synthesizing: Planning for Writing an Apprentice Wanted Ad
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.
Accentuate the Expositive: Unit 2 Expository Writing
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.
Working in your Cubicle: Critical Thinking and Writing
Explore informative and explanatory writing with this 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 activity to introduce your middle schoolers to critical thinking.
Writing Expository Introductions and Conclusions
Students write introductions and conclusions for an expository writing piece.
Writing Expository Pieces Using a Writing Plan
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.
Planning Writing: Bullfrog Information Paragraph
Lesson ten in this unit for the book Bullfrogs at Magnolia Circle, prepares third graders to begin writing an informational paragraph about the adaptations of bullfrogs. First, young writers work either independently or in pairs to gather their research from previous lessons into a graphic organizer. Then, using that research, they fill in an accordion-style graphic organizer with the the details and explanations they plan on using in their paragraph. Easily adaptable to expository writing on any topic, this is a great lesson for teaching children how to plan and organize their writing.
Taking Outer Space to Cyber Space
Use the Internet, write an expository text, and have learners share their knowledge of the planets in our solar system. They compose an expository writing piece and publish it to a web page.