the Personal Touch: a Lesson in Expository Writing
Young scholars are made aware of some of the subtle non-verbal messages in common social situations involving hand touching.
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Two Sides to Every Story: Day 2 and 3
Seventh graders learn how various historic events can be portrayed in a variety of ways. The second and third days of an informative text unit reviews content-specific vocabulary before comparing and contrast the lives of Rosa Parks and...
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Explain Yourself: An Expository Writing Unit for High School
Introduce expository writing with a unit that asks writers to craft an essay to explain a belief, value, or priority that is important to them. Mini-lessons within the unit focus on crafting thesis statements and conclusions, selecting...
9th - 10th English Language Arts
Expository Writing Peer Review
Support young writers through the peer review process with this easy-to-use form. Offering four prompts that help students to provide meaningful feedback about each others work, this resource would make a nice addition to the writing...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Lesson Before Dying: The Plot Unfolds
Track the plot of Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying with a class discussion and timeline. Readers examine the ways the story has developed for Jefferson and for Grant, as well as how their stories have come together. Next, they...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Use Transition Words in Narrative Writing
Transitional words and phrases are essential writing tools that allow authors to clearly guide their audience through a story. In the fifth lesson of this series on narrative writing, learners begin their drafts by linking together the...
5 mins 3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Add Details about Characters in Narrative Writing
Stories are much more interesting to read when they involve realistic characters. The sixth lesson of this writing series helps learners add details to enhance the characters in their personal narratives. This revision process involves...
6 mins 3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Order the Information in Informational Writing
After their research has been compiled and categorized, the next step for your class is to determine in what order information should appear in their essays. Emphasize that in order for readers to easily understand an essay, information...
5 mins 5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
5th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable