Informational Writing Unit Non Fiction Writing Unit

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Learning Objective

Students will be able to learn the process of using various resources to write an information writing piece. One of the concepts they will use is close reading. The unit includes guidelines, lessons and a few close reading passages.


Informational writing can be a difficult concept to teach young writers. This PRINT and GO Writing Curriculum includes everything you need from informational texts, detailed lesson plans, writing paper, interactive activities, and a high success rate. It is all step by step so you and your students will be guided the entire way.

It is designed to be used in a classroom that has multiple levels of students and various types of learners because it is differentiated and grows with the learners. Your students will grasp the concept of informational writing by the end of the unit.


Students will be able to learn the process of using an article or book to write an informational writing piece. One of the concepts they will use is close reading. The unit includes guidelines, lessons, and 7 close reading passages.

We have simplified the process by creating this all-in-one product with reading Non Fiction Articles using Close Reading steps, making inferences, using Informational Writing Graphic Organizers and putting those together into an Informational Writing piece where your students will be sure to be proud of their work.

All the work has been done for you and the steps are laid out so this unit is a HUGE time saver.

The unit is fully DIGITAL and PRINTABLE

This UNIT is also INCLUDED in Our 1st Grade WRITING CURRICULUM and our 2nd Grade WRITING CURRICULUM at over 20% off.


Making Inferences is a skill that must be taught and is used a lot all through schooling. We have taken the process and simplified it to give students success in doing research and then writing about it.

This unit is designed for the process to be used over and over.


  • Step by Step lesson plans
  • Digital and Printable Activities
  • Detailed Lessons on how to use Close Reading
  • Detailed Lessons on how to use Inferences with Writing
  • Various Fact Vs. Opinion Activities
  • 3 Different Leveled Inference Forms for differentiation
  • 7 Different Close Reading Passages on Habitats and Animals (Differentiated to 3 levels between 1st & 2nd Grade)
  • How to write Introduction and Conclusion Sentences
  • Differentiated Informational Writing Graphic Organizers
  • Informational Writing Activities
  • Differentiated Writing Papers
  • Editing Mini Lessons
  • How to do Writer's Workshop
  • Over 120 pages (Plus Digital Writing Pages)

In these lessons students take the information they already know on a topic, read the included informational article, add new information that they learned and combine the two like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they get a new sentences. Their sentences can be combined to make a new informative paragraph all written by them! These lessons really help you get started on informative writing.

This is not a one time activity, but one that will be used all year.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


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