Expository Writing: Informational News Story Writing about Historical Events

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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!

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

FYI: This unit is also a part of a Writing Unit Bundle. The bundle is filled with 12 Writing Units - everything you'll need for an entire year of writing instruction! You can check it out HERE.


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