Informational Writing DIGITAL: 5 Informative Essays for Google Distance Learning

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Writing informational essays will be exciting with this complete digital 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!

*NOTE: This is a DIGITAL (paperless) resource created for use with Google Drive or Microsoft One Note. If you are interested in a print version, click this title: Informational Writing: 5 Informative Essays with Guided Writing Templates

These 5 types of essays are included:

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)


The download provides:

--links that allows you to access the resources

--instructions for uploading and using the resources with students

--Teacher Guidelines for using the resources

--Common Core standards and differentiation

Included for All 5 Essay Types:

1. ESSAY TITLE SLIDE- This assignment slide includes basic directions and a diagram of the essay’s structure.

2. CHOOSING A TOPIC – Six possible topics and an area for students to brainstorm for their own meaningful topics to research

3. PRE-WRITING ORGANIZER - A clear and attractive organizer for students to plan out their essay with key details and examples

4. WRITING AN ATTENTION GRABBER – These slides demonstrate 4 types of attention grabbers and provide examples and an area for students to draft their own.

5. DRAFTING THE INTRODUCTION, DRAFTING THE BODY PARAGRAPHS, DRAFTING THE CONCLUSION – These slides serve as writing 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 articles.

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

8. ORIGINAL MENTOR TEXT – A sample essay demonstrates format, content, and overall writing expectations as a model for student writing.

9. WHAT DO YOU NOTICE? PEER DISCUSSION SLIDE – A slide students use as partners or small groups examine the Sample Essay.

10. FINAL ESSAY WRITING SLIDES - Color-bordered slides where students will create their final essay

11. PEER FEEDBACK – Students exchange their essays and respond to another’s writing using varied prompts.

12. GRADING RUBRIC – Optional 4 pt. rubric for grading each essay


Also Included for the Research-Based Essay:

12. NOTES SLIDES – Students type their notes on these slides with sourcing information area at the top

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 correct formats for citing their sources, with sample entries provided.

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 a different topic at the end of the year.

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Thanks! ---Joy

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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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