Informational Writing: 5 Informative Essays w/Guided Writing Templates 6-8

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Writing informational essays will be exciting with this complete resource that breaks the process down into manageable steps! Easy-to-follow writing templates guide students in drafting their introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.

Five original mentor texts are included for modeling, along with topic suggestions, pre-writing organizers, and rubrics. And with five different types of essays, you’ll have everything you need to teach informative writing with differentiation. Perfect for writing workshop!

The 5 types of essays in this resource:

---- Research-Based Essay (5 paragraphs)

---- Compare / Contrast Essay (4 paragraphs)

---- Problem / Solution Essay (4 paragraphs)

---- Descriptive Essay (4 paragraphs)

---- How-To (Process) Essay (5 paragraphs)


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NOTE: This is a PRINT resource. For the DIGITAL, paperless version, click on this title: Informational Writing DIGITAL: 5 Informative Essays


Here's what you'll receive:

1. ESSAY TITLE PAGE- These assignment pages include basic directions and a diagram depicting each essay’s structure.

2. CHOOSING A TOPIC – Students are offered some suggested topics, and an area is provided for students to brainstorm their own meaningful topics as well.

3. PRE-WRITING ORGANIZER - Clear and attractive organizers for students to plan out their essays with key details and examples

4. WRITING AN ATTENTION GRABBER – This page demonstrates 4 types of attention grabbers and provides examples and an area for students to draft their own.

5. DRAFTING THE INTRODUCTION, DRAFTING THE BODY PARAGRAPHS, DRAFING THE CONCLUSION – These writing pages serve as templates to guide students, sentence by sentence, as they draft each paragraph.

6. USE TRANSITIONS – Students use this categorized list of transitions as a reference when drafting their essays.

7. REVISING AND EDITING CHECKLIST – As students revise, edit, and engage in a peer exchange, they work with this ten-item checklist.

8. ORIGINAL MENTOR TEXT – 5 sample essays demonstrate format, content, and overall writing expectations as models for student writing.

9. WHAT DO YOU NOTICE? PEER DISCUSSION SLIPS – Half-page slips to use as partners or small groups examine the Sample Essay.

10. PEER FEEDBACK – Students exchange their finished essays and respond to another’s writing.

11. INFORMATIONAL ESSAY GRADING RUBRIC - A 4 pt. summative grading tool



Also Included for the Research-Based Essay:

12. NOTES SHEET - A lined handout for note-taking with sourcing information area at the top (to be copied back-to-back)

13. CREATING SUB-TOPICS – A guide (with examples) where students organize their notes to form subtopics for their 3 body paragraphs

14. WRITING THE WORKS CITED – This attractive reference shows students the most current formats for citing their sources, with sample entries provided.

15. RESEARCH-BASED ESSAY GRADING RUBRIC - A 4 pt. summative grading tool specific to research-based writing

If you’re looking for a practical, time-saving resource that is standards-aligned and will motivate your students, here it is! The essay assignments can also be used over and over! Use for pre-assessment early in the year and then again with different topics later in the year.

Please open the PREVIEW to get a closer look.

Thanks! ---Joy

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Research: Writing an Informational Article

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.


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