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FSA Text-Based Writing: Informative / Explanatory Essay - Response to Literature

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I personally LOVE this product, and I'm enjoying working on this writing task with my students. We are currently reading the novel "The Indian in the Cupboard" and this fit in perfectly with our benchmarks requiring students to respond to Literature and Informational text.

This is a writing task that takes an excerpt from a piece of literature, and has students use details from the literature, in conjunction with non-fiction text in order to write to a prompted task.

The stimulus task prompts the students to read an excerpt from "The Indian in the Cupboard", a short reading about Native Americans and horses, along with a checklist of characteristics of a healthy horse. Students will use all three of these pieces to come up with support for the controlling idea that explains how a healthy horse could help a Native American.

Students will then write an essay to the stimulus prompt.

On the last two pages I have included an example of how I have my students plan using a tree map format, along with steps you could teach your students when writing to a task.

LAFS.5.W.1.2b: Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

LAFS.5.W.2.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

LAFS.5.W.3.8: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

LAFS.5.W.3.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection,and research.
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