Explanatory and Informational Writing Unit for Secondary ELA

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Explanatory, Expository, and Informational Writing Unit: This writing unit includes everything you need to teach informational and explanatory writing to your middle and high school students. There is an editable PowerPoint presentation and supplementary teaching materials that contain assignments, activities, and an essay.

There are three different files in the zipped download.

- An engaging and editable, 26 slide PowerPoint

- A non-editable PowerPoint (for use if fonts do not transfer)

- A PDF document with supplementary materials.

Looking for something that can also be used in a Google classroom? Check out this bundle!

SMARTePlans Digital Informative Writing Unit (Digital Google & Traditional)

The PowerPoint is a multi-day presentation that teaches students about the basics of informational and explanatory writing. This lesson covers elements needed for an informational essay and the writing process. The PowerPoint will help guide students through the writing process as they develop their essays.

The supplementary material includes:

- A standards-based unit outline

- Multiple in-class brainstorming activities

- An informational essay assignment

- An easy-to-understand peer review worksheet

- 100 point essay rubric


Check out the Google Drive version for this resource:

SMARTePlans Informational Writing Unit for Google Drive

This resource is included in these two money-saving bundles:

Ultimate Writing Bundle for Secondary English

Introduction to Writing BUNDLE

Keywords: CCSS, common core, informational essay, explanatory writing, informative writing

Total Pages
26 slides, 10
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


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