A great product to help students learn how to do informative writing. This contains 3 different prompts with graphic organizers, visuals, word cues, and several writing guidelines.
-How do you plant a flower?
-How do you build a snowman?
-How do you make hot chocolate?
Tips and Ideas for Implementation:
-Choose a prompt. Tell students that they have 5-10 minutes to discuss their ideas in partners or small groups to think out the how-to process and steps to answer the given prompt.
-Next. give students the graphic organizer and half=sheet with pictures on it. There are two different versions of the picture sheets: one with word cues and one without. This is for you to differentiate, as needed. Have students cut out the pictures they need and place in sequential order on their graphic organizer. When they have their pictures where they want, they can glue them down into place.
-Then, have students use their completed graphic organizer to help them write their paper. They will start by writing a topic sentence. For example, “This is how you build a snowman.” Students will reference their visuals in box 1-4 and write a sentence to expand upon the picture. Such as, “First, you need to roll 3 snowballs.. You need one big, one medium, and one small. You stack them together from biggest to smallest on top.” Students finish their piece with an ending sentence, such as “That’s how you make the best snowman ever!”
-When students finish their writing, they can bring their paper to you for editing or do peer editing. Editing marks can go on the spaces in between the student writing lines. Students should go back and revise any editing marks made. Then they must look at the checklist at the bottom of the writing page. They should make a check mark in each box if they have double-checked their writing for each element. Viola, your students have learned informative writing.
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