Truly puts explanatory writing to the test! Students get to be creative and have fun, yet they must also use their expository and explanatory writing skills as well!
First, students invent a new critter, which is done by combining the features of two common animals. The student draws it and hides the drawing from a partner. (Examples in the form of photos and a drawing are provided.) Next, the student must describe the new critter in such a way that a partner will be able to draw it to look almost exactly like the original drawing.
This really puts explanatory writing to the test because it must introduce the critter, describe its features in a logical and clear order, use transition words, and use concrete descriptive language. If the explanatory text is not clear, the partner will be confused and may draw a confusing mess of a critter. It is a good lesson to teach the reason behind clear expository writing.
Organization, concrete details, clarity, and transition words are key!
There is a sample included. The sample is a drawing and a description. Also, I added photos of several creative critter examples. This is fun! My students really enjoyed this activity!
Be careful when you print. To save ink, do not print the cover. Consider whether you want to print the page with the photos of critters or if you would rather make it an overhead.
Meets these Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2a Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2c Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2e Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
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