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Informative Essay Writing Unit Printable AND Digital | Text Based

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6th - 8th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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5 sets of notes, 7 videos, 4 quizzes, text set, organizers
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Description

Use this timesaver to break down the tough concept of informative essay writing. Your middle school students will learn how to write text-based Informative essays using this printable AND digital resource that includes a prompt, texts, interactive guided notes and MUCH more!

This unit teaches:

The Writing Process: Read the prompt, Flip the Prompt, Read and Mark the Text, Plan

Introduction: hook, arch (bridge transition sentence), thesis

Body: Answer, Cite evidence, Explain with commentary, Ingeminate (repeat the cycle of cite and explain), Top it off with a Conclusion

Conclusion: Affirm the thesis, Trim the point, The call to action

What's included in the PRINTABLE resource:

★ Informative Prompt

★ Two original non-fiction texts about Pipestone National Monument and Mount Rushmore on which the prompt is based.

★ Four versions of interactive guided notes that I call Pixanotes® with different levels of scaffolding (All notes have the same content)

Level 1: Fully printed content and pre-printed pictures

Level 2: Fully printed picture flaps and fill in the blanks for students

Level 3: Pre-printed content and picture flaps that need to be positioned by the

student.

Level 4: Fill-in-the-blanks for content and picture flaps that need to be positioned

by the student.

Want to see the notes in action? Check out this FREE video: How to Use Pixanotes®

★Picture flaps

★Word Bank

★TWO Dominoes games (to practice with key terminology listed above)

★Sentence starters for writing an essay

★TWO planning sheets

★An Anchor Chart

What's included in the DIGITAL resource via Google Slides and Google Forms:

★ Teacher's Guide with directions and links to share on any learning management system such as Google Classroom, Canvas and more!

★ A Digital Notebook that holds all the notes and videos in one place!

★ An embedded introduction video along with "tech tips".

★ Digital access to the text set via DocHub (directions and video included) that consists of two original non-fiction texts about Pipestone National Monument and Mount Rushmore

★ Interactive, guided and digital notes with fill-in-the-blanks for content and picture flaps that need to be positioned by the student for each of the 4 sections listed above. (That's 4 sets of notes!)

★ Movable picture flaps

★ Text boxes already placed into the notes

★ Editable directions for the student

SEVEN Embedded Videos that match each set of the notes and the writing process - including planning!

★ Self-Grading Quizzes (on Google Forms) for each section (That's a total of 4 quizzes!)

⭐NOTE: Students will need access to Google and YouTube. The videos are hosted on YouTube and embedded into the Google Slides.

I hope this helps you create a strong foundation of text-based informative essay writing!

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Other Informative essay writing resources you will love:

Informative Essay Task Cards to provide engaging practice with identifying introduction components like hook, "arch" (transition sentence between hook and thesis), and thesis as well as relevant and irrelevant evidence and commentary!

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Total Pages
5 sets of notes, 7 videos, 4 quizzes, text set, organizers
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

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