“This was the best writing unit I have used in 18 years!”
Instead of doing several Explanatory Essays, I like to focus on just one and help students make it better and better through multiple drafts that add new skills each time. This method makes writing informative texts easier to manage for you and your students.
Since many students now have access to Google Docs (through Google Apps for Education or GAFE) they are able to use technology to produce their writing—not just publish at the end! As a result, this "How-To" Writing process is computer-friendly & nearly pencil-free! As an additional update, a link to share this resource through Google Classroom/Google Drive is now included!
These "Ready To Print" student pages meet SEVEN of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) for Grades 3-5 Writing & Language! If you choose, the student pages are also available in a 100% digital format.
Students will use the included Step-by-Step Companion Packet to guide them through the entire writing process. Students focus on just three “Must-Have’s” for each draft—not tackling everything all at once. This allows them to be successful a little bit at a time while constructing an essay that is top-notch by the end of Draft Three. Each new draft has Preparation Pages that prepare the students to focus on the new Must-Have’s.
Students will also use draft-by-draft color-coding of text for at-a-glance teacher grading. Three easy circles on the included check-in forms will allow you to give feedback following each draft without making all of the corrections yourself!
In addition to the three post-draft check-in sheets, I have included a student self-evaluation and teacher rubric for formal assessment.
Be sure that your students have access to computers with Google Docs and a basic understanding of how to use Google Docs prior to beginning the packet!
Thank your for your interest and I hope you enjoy this expository writing resource from Project Hallway!
With your purchase, you will receive:
*Link to Share Student Pages Digitally
*Student Essay Cover Page with Writing Goals
*Student Writing Pages covering:
--Google Doc Writing Procedure Overview
--Prewriting: "I am an expert at..."
--How-To Ten Steps
--Draft One "Must-Have's" with Color Codes
--Introduction/Hooking the Reader
--Defining Words the Reader Might Not Know
--Draft Two "Must-Have's" with Color Codes
--Draft Three "Must-Have's" with Color Codes
--Title and Paragraphs
*Draft One Check-In Sheet
*Draft Two Check-In Sheet
*Draft Three Check-In Sheet
*Teacher Assessment Rubric
Rather have a Paper/Pencil-Friendly Version? Click your Grade below!
Grade 3 CCSS "How-To" Explanatory Essay
Grade 4 CCSS "How-To" Explanatory Essay
Grade 5 CCSS "How-To" Explanatory Essay
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