This comprehensive lesson teaches students what expository writing is and the two major types of explanatory writing usually found on state-mandated tests: situational writing or responding to a quotation. Slides include multiple examples of each type of writing. Students first look at how the questions are set up in parts and a "check list strategy" is shown to make sure students understand the question and complete each part (since most questions have multiple parts). The first few slides are used as models, then other slides can be used as guided practice. Another slide shows the organization for a 5-paragraph essay (which is recommended for state testing). A student writing example is also shown to model for students. An additional slide showing compositional risks to include in writing is given (students can go back to the student model and underline risks taken and I also included another slide of a 2-paragraph student model which shows other compositional risks). The last slide is an overview and points to remember when writing. This lesson is perfect when teaching explanatory writing initially, or you can use it as a review right before state testing.
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