Compare and contrast essay: Informational writing

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Students love to write stories. But how do you get them as excited about writing INFORMATIONAL essays that tend to be very structured?! This unit will help you instill the passion for non-fiction writing in your students! More specifically, this unit is designed to teach COMPARE AND CONTRAST essays with an interesting INTRODUCTION, solid CONCLUSION, and sophisticated LINKING WORDS commonly used in comparative writing.

The unit consists of:
1. very detailed lesson plans that show you how to guide students through the writing process (prewriting, composing, revising, editing, publishing)
2. worksheets with carefully designed, meaningful activities (NO FLUFF)
3. graphic organizers and writing templates
4. examples of student work (compare and contrast essays written by my previous students)
5. grading rubric
6. two informational articles (about amphibians and about reptiles) and a writing prompt

From experience, I would say that students mostly struggle with writing an introduction and a conclusion. Therefore, the unit focuses on teaching these skills.

I am the queen of integrating several writing skills in one writing unit. After all, if you were to teach all the Common Core writing standards in isolation, you would need two school years instead of one! Therefore, not only does this unit instruct on how to write a compare and contrast essay, but it also teaches students how to:
1. use a thesaurus to find vivid synonyms (CCSS L.4.4.c)
2. use proper linking words to indicate comparison and contrast (CCSS W.4.2.c)
3. revise and edit (CCSS W.4.5)

I hope your students will enjoy this unit as much as mine. Not to mention, this unit will be a life saver if you have to take a few days off from work. Your sub will appreciate the detailed lesson plans.

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Compare and contrast essay: Informational writing
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Compare and contrast essay: Informational writing
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