Informational Writing Unit

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Get your students excited about informational writing! This complete informational writing unit includes daily lesson plans, notebook charts, mentor texts and more. This unit takes your students through the whole writing process. Students will begin with getting ideas and end with a published piece of informational writing. The informational writing lessons included can be used in two ways:

  1. Students get their own ideas for their essay.
  2. Students write based on a prompt.

What is included in the informational writing unit?

✏️Writing Minilessons:

There are a total of 24 minilessons. The lessons can be skipped, moved around, modified as needed based on your students' needs.

  1. Study a Mentor Text
  2. Writers are teachers.
  3. Getting Ideas
  4. Prepare for research
  5. Writers research
  6. Look for Big Ideas (Main Ideas for Text)
  7. Sort Information
  8. Plan with Boxes & Bullets
  9. Draft Paragraphs
  10. Paragraphs with Purpose
  11. Use Text Evidence
  12. Balance Facts with Voice
  13. Using a Teaching Tone
  14. Elaboration: Using Mini Stories
  15. Using Figurative Language
  16. Craft Moves & Elaboration Strategies
  17. Expert Words (Domain-Specific Vocabulary)
  18. Transitional Words & Phrases
  19. Introductions
  20. Conclusions
  21. Revise: Add Text Features
  22. Revise: Eliminate Unnecessary Words
  23. Edit
  24. Polish & Publish!


For each lesson above, PowerPoint slides are included that can be used to model and teach the lesson.

✏️Notebook Charts/Binder Charts for Students (see full list below):

For each lesson, a notebook chart is included to support student learning.

✏️More Writing Resources Included:

  • Rubrics & Checklists
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Mini Word Wall
  • Sort
  • Teacher Example Essay + Planning
  • Mentor Text Recommendations
  • Publishing Paper

✏️ Writing Notebook Anchor Charts + Graphic Organizers

  • Characteristics of an Informational Text
  • Writing an Informational Text
  • Wise Readers Ask Questions
  • Cause and Effect
  • Sort Out the Details
  • What does the TEXT say?
  • Using Text Evidence
  • Transition Words for Informational Writing
  • Organizing an Informational Text
  • See, Think, Wonder
  • See, Think, Wonder Notes on How to Use the Strategy
  • Text Features
  • Informational Writing Editing Checklist
  • Informational Writing Checklist and Rubric
  • Solving Our Spelling Problems
  • Paragraphs with Purpose
  • Instead of Says
  • Introductions
  • Conclusions
  • Building the Main Idea of a Paragraph
  • Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 1
  • Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 2
  • Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 3
  • File it Away! (Graphic Organizer/Boxes and Bullets)
  • Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 3 sources with lines)
  • Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 3 sources without lines)
  • Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 4 sources with lines)
  • Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 4 sources without lines
  • Sorting My Evidence (Graphic Organizer to sort information)
  • 4 Square Boxes and Bullets Writing Planner
  • Boxes and Bullets Planning Page
  • Informational Writing Checklist

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You can try a sample of this unit for FREE here!

✅You can also read THIS BLOG POST about the unit.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


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