“How to Write an Informative Paragraph” breaks down the elements of writing an informative paragraph for students.
There are 8 steps in this lesson:
Step #1 Read the article
Step #2 Answer—What is the main idea? Write your answer on page 2.
Step #3 Read the article again. Highlight 3 BIG ideas that support or prove the main idea.
Step #4 Write the information you highlighted in the column “Text Evidence”.
Step #5 In the column “In My Own Words”, tell this information the way you would say it.
Step #6 Take the sentences from the “In My Own Words” column and use them to write 3 detail sentences.
Step # 7 Write your paragraph! Include a topic sentence, 3 details, and a conclusion.
Step #8 Edit your paragraph with the 5 point editing checklist.
This download includes all of the graphic organizers to do this and a simple 5 point editing checklist.
This was classroom tested in a special education setting (the class is comprised of 4th graders with literacy skills averaging with in the 2nd grade range.) They picked up the idea quickly and were proud of their final product!
The student packet you can create with this download is versatile…it works with a variety of texts and reading levels! It is also reusable. Once you have taught how to use this packet, it can be used again and again with different texts. I enjoyed using it as a introduction to expository writing or a guide to developing constructed responses.
It truly is a tool NOT a worksheet!