Ever find yourself stuck about how to teach your kids to write informational books? Non-fiction writing is made easier with these mini-lessons. This week-long unit will take your student's writing pieces from drab to fab!
Your students will learn to cite evidence by sprinkling in the proof. You might even want to break out some straws or popsicle sticks and tell students they're MAGIC WANDS! Have writing partners point out the "proof" in the writing, or "POOF IN THE PROOF" where they think evidence or credit should be added. (Ice cream or donuts would also be appropriate to go with the "sprinkling" theme!)
Use mentor text for the Text Structure Scavenger Hunt so students can find ideas in the text to try out in their own writing. (Ideas: Fact bubbles, glossaries, timelines, diagrams, charts, tables, letter to the reader, etc.)
-Sprinkle in the Proof
-Text Structure Scavenger Hunt
-How to Make a Fact Come Alive
-Supporting a Fact (Definitions, examples, and stories)
These mini-lessons could also be turned into anchor charts or printed to store in student reference folders. Your writers will be excited to have this informational writing notebook at their fingertips.
I will be adding new mini-lessons to this resource and updating it soon to be a complete informational writing unit!
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Includes Personal Narrative writing, Informational (Non-fiction) Writing, and Argument (Opinion) Writing