Expository Writing: Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)

Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
Expository Writing:  Informational Historical News Story (Google Classroom)
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Expository / Informative Writing: In this 10-day, Common Core - aligned Expository Writing Unit, students will demonstrate a deep understanding of the features, critical elements, and purpose of expository or informative writing. During the unit, students will write an expository news story about a historic event. Through instruction on the news story structure and investigations of sample news stories, students will understand the critical components of a news story so that they can write their own informational news article.

After learning about expository writing and the news story structure, students will select a research topic, plan their research, develop appropriate research questions, actively research a historic event, gather their research on a grid and research cards, complete citation tracking worksheets, plan their news story, develop a news story frame, write a first draft, revise their writing with mini-lessons on including strong verbs and transition words, complete a revision checklist, edit their news story, and participate in peer conferences about their expository writing pieces.

This unit lends itself perfectly to fun and engaging publishing ideas. Students’ completed news stories could be “performed” in a newscast from the historical period. Students can even dress in costumes or prepare visuals to accompany their “breaking news.” Or, students could compile all their news stories into a class newspaper. Or, students could produce a radio show and record their news stories on podcasts. The potential for fun is limitless!

Great news! This resource includes a traditional PDF version of the student writing packet, as well as a link for Google Slides. This means that this resource is ready for Google Classroom! The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online. You’ll find links for digital versions of the student writing packet and the grading rubric included with this resource.

FYI: Research and news story writing topics for the Revolutionary War are included in this resource. However, the unit can be used with any historic time period or event.

Common Core State Standards:

  • W.2, W.4, W.5, W.6, W.7, W.8, W.9, W.10
  • SL.1, SL.2
  • L.1, L.2, L.3, L.6

This detailed Expository Writing Unit includes:

  • Detailed Lesson Plans (10)
  • Expository Writing Rubric
  • Research Topics - The Revolutionary War (optional)
  • All Instructional Keys

Student Packet:

  • Expository Writing Guided Notes
  • Writing Assignment
  • News Story Elements Guided Notes
  • News Story Structure Notes and Sample
  • News Story Critical Elements - Sorting Chart
  • Model News Story (2)
  • Pre-Writing Guide
  • Research Gathering Grid
  • Research Gathering Cards
  • Internet Research Guide
  • Internet Citation Tracker
  • Print Citation Tracker
  • Planning the News Story Pre-Write
  • Organizational News Story Frame
  • First Draft Guide
  • Revision Mini-Lesson - Including Strong Verbs
  • Revision Mini-Lesson - Using Transition Words
  • Revision Checklist
  • Editing Checklist
  • Peer Conference Guide

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Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
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Teaching Duration
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