The techniques suggested in this unit can be used for both expository and explanatory essays. This unit is designed for students who struggle with writing. The unit scaffolds struggling writers through the writing process so they can produce essays that meet the Standards. Explanatory writing is one of the essential writing genres expected in the Common Core Standards. Through a range of practice activities, students will produce expository/ explanatory essays that incorporate evidence from text to explain and support assertions about themes and ideas in literature. Throughout the unit, students should also read a self-selected book during independent reading time.