Informative Writing: 10 Real-World Assignments for Secondary ELA

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Non-fiction writing doesn’t need to be boring or predictable! Use this pack of 10 informative writing assignments to challenge students with a variety of genres, topics, purposes, audiences, and objectives!

This set of assignments brings real-world scenarios or skills into non-fiction writing to help students practice summary, listing facts with transitions, explaining significance, objective word choices, and impartially listing options to weigh pros and cons. (See the list of activities below!)

All six of the CCSS informative writing standards within W.2 are addressed in these assignments; each standard is assessed at least four times, but each assignment has a different combination of standards, giving both students AND your gradebook variety!

EACH editable assignment includes:
• An overview page explaining the purpose of the assignment and step-by-step directions
• Clearly listed objective in “I Can” statement format
• A task-appropriate graphic organizer
• A Common Core-aligned rubric
• A PDF copy, in addition to the Word doc

This 31-page download includes:
1. A Textbook Example: Students design a textbook page teaching a fun or serious topic.
2. Both Sides of the Story: Students describe both viewpoints on a topic for a jury
3. Crash Course: Students provide a “Spark Notes” condensed explanation of a topic
4. How to Fix a ___: Students write a sequential how-to demonstration
5. Modern Biographies: Students research celebrities' successes
6. News Reporting: Students summarize an event in a journalistic style
7. Teach Me About It: Adapt one topic to kids, teens, and adults
8. The History of ___: Students write about cause/effect relationships
9. Unsolved Mysteries: Students write about what happened in an unsolved case
10. What are my Options? Students list and evaluate the pros/cons of a topic’s options (including college!)

ALSO AVAILABLE: All 3 Strands of Writing!
Argumentative Writing Bundle
Creative Writing/Narrative BUNDLE, and
Bundle of 10 “Short Research Projects”, Volume I

Last File Update: April 2015

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Informative Writing: 10 Real-World Assignments for Secondary ELA
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Informative Writing: 10 Real-World Assignments for Secondary ELA
Informative Writing: 10 Real-World Assignments for Secondary ELA
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