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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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 informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.


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