Expository Writing: Lessons & Activities That Teach Students to Inform & Explain

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Expository and Informational Writing Lessons & Activities: This writing unit will help you teach informational and explanatory writing to your middle and high school students as they examine mentor texts and practice the skills they need to inform and explain. (This product can be used with Google Drive for distance learning)

You will find:

  • An editable introductory slide show that introduces expository writing

  • An introductory activity using mentor texts and graphic organizers that students use to identify the elements of effective expository writing

  • Lessons and activities that take a closer look at specific types of explanatory writing: extended definition, process/how-to, compare and contrast, cause & effect, problem & solution, and risk & benefit. There are a variety of activities so students are not doing the same thing each time.

  • Sample student texts for each type of writing, as well as links to online examples.

  • Many options for individual and group activities that can be used to build and reinforce the skills needed to write an effective expository piece

  • All handouts, graphic organizers and rubrics are completely editable, so you can tweak them to suit your needs

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Total Pages
75 pages and 70 slides
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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 tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).


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