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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
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. 
Use the Internet, write an expository text, and have students share their knowledge of the planets in our solar system. They compose an expository writing piece and publish it to a web page.
Third graders study expository writing.
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 by 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. 
As a review of expository writing, this comprehensive presentation could be used with a variety of grade levels. It gives a well-thought out and detailed overview of this writing process.
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.
Students write on a variety of topics, maximize creative and expository writing skills, develop focused writing, organize ideas, incorporate detail in writing, and exhibit varied and precise word choice.
Your class can take turns describing a well know location or setting without giving its name, and the rest of the class can try to identify the location, based on the details given.  They chart the elements that helped in the identification of the setting, work in pairs to complete the setting elements chart, and share their responses with the class.
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. 
Students write introductions and conclusions for an expository writing piece.

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