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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.
Explore the writing process by crafting descriptive paragraphs. Fourth graders discuss strategies for overcoming writing fears, play the game "I Spy" using descriptive words, observe the teacher writing a paragraph and going through the steps of using descriptive words, and write an original descriptive paragraph. This lesson includes a script to follow along with.
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.
Introduce expository writing to your elementary learners. Young authors write a three-paragraph informational paper using the steps of the writing process. They follow guided lessons to experience each of five steps. Included are tons of links and related information. Be sure to check out the second link provided entitled "Peer Editing with Perfection!"
After watching part of a Club Write Kids video and discussing the editing process, each group of learners writes a letter to a favorite author. They ask for a copy of a page of manuscript that has gone through the editing process. Prior to sending these letters, they revise and edit them using the processes they learned in 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 instructional activity could be modified for any grade level, and it could be useful when writing about a character from literature.
After reading on the topic of their paper, high schoolers work in pairs to assess how to write powerful, precise thesis statements. The introduction contains three statements: a universal statement, a bridge statement, and a thesis statement. The lesson is designed for research projects, but it could translate well to any essay that involves stating a claim or argument.
Upper elementary learners use their imagination and the writing process to compose short stories with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. To incorporate technology, they use PowerPoint to create a presentation of their stories. In addition, they have the opportunity to create an alternate ending to their classmates' stories.
Middle schoolers write descriptions, narratives, and dialogues based on objects of art and time periods in a museum. They base several writing assignments on art objects and paintings, including a literal description and an emotional story. They then create a dialogue between two art objects and choose a time period as a setting for a story. If your class won't be visiting a museum in the near future, you could use photographs or a slide show of famous art.