Informational Writing Unit | Terrific Writing Third Grade Curriculum Unit 3

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Looking to teach informative writing to your grade 3 students? Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for third grade. This is Unit 3 ‘Informational Writing’, where your students will learn how to write engaging non fiction explanatory writing pieces about things they know and learn about.

This curriculum is standards based (to the common core) and genre based.

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In this curriculum, your students will develop a love of writing. The graphic organizers, interactive notebook, and final 'all about' book will engage students much more than a blank piece of paper. Students research fun topics such as dinosaurs and outer space!

Writing doesn’t have to be dull and students definitely shouldn’t hate writing!

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What's included in this unit?

  • 25 step-by-step scripted lesson plans
  • 19 posters
  • 19 graphic organizers / worksheets
  • 1 interactive notebook and 1 'all about' book
  • 3 original mentor texts (PowerPoint versions and PDF in color and b&w)
  • 24 tasks cards extension activities (2 versions - b&w, color)
  • 1 assessment rubric

The lessons follow a simple format of mini lesson, think and share, and independent writing time.

Here's everything else that's included in this unit -

  • Video overview to help organize and implement the unit
  • List of common core standards that align with this unit
  • Teacher directions for the lesson plans
  • Suggestions for differentiation and lesson times
  • List of recommended mentor texts (with links)
  • Unit scope and at-a-glance calendar
  • Lesson materials list
  • Student book/folder cover (3 versions - journal, notebook, or folder)
  • 1 writing prompt pre-assessment
  • 2 lined pages (for first drafts)
  • 2 checklists
  • 1 set of compliment notes (2 versions - b&w, color)
  • 2 certificates (boy and girl, each in 2 versions - b&w, color)
  • Teacher directions, examples, and elaborations for the rubric
  • Video with tips for using the rubric

Here's a breakdown of the lessons -

Lesson 1 - What is informational writing?

Lesson 2 - Is it informational writing?

Lesson 3 - I am an expert

Lesson 4 - Narrowing the topic

Lesson 5 - Choosing subtopics

Lesson 6 - Dinosaur definitions

Lesson 7 - Finding facts

Lesson 8 - Supporting details

Lesson 9 - Planning time

Lesson 10 - All about dinosaurs

Lesson 11 - Let's research

Lesson 12 - Paraphrasing

Lesson 13 - Let's use paragraphs

Lesson 14 - Illustrations and annotations

Lesson 15 - All about planets

Lesson 16 - It's time for research

Lesson 17 - Making a plan

Lesson 18 - Introduce your topic

Lesson 19 - Linking words

Lesson 20 - Table of contents

Lesson 21 - Time for a closing

Lesson 22 - Putting it all together

Lesson 23 - Revise, edit, and add more detail

Lesson 24 - Final draft

Lesson 25 - Publishing party

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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 and information clearly.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.


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