Informative Writing Unit | Prompts, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics and Activities

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    Get your informative writing unit rolling with these TEN fun prompts and activities. Students will go through the writing process to create a common core aligned research based writing piece.

    Each activity is designed to be taught in one week or can be condensed into less days. The weekly assignments are:

    • Monday - Research, class discussion, prewrite
    • Tuesday - More research, Draft
    • Wednesday - Draft
    • Thursday - Revise/Edit
    • Friday - Publish, Craft & Share

    Every activity is differentiated with multiple graphic organizers, making this project functional for kindergarten, first, second or third graders. These projects were originally designed for second graders.

    Each activity includes:

    • Teacher Weekly Lesson Plan
    • Student Prompt
    • Student Planning Page
    • 3 Versions of Student Drafting Pages
    • Genre Editing Checklist
    • Publishing Pages
    • Craft Pages
    • 2 Differentiated Rubrics
    • Completed Teacher Examples

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    Students will write in the format of: topic sentence or paragraph, 4 fact sentences with detail sentences [written in paragraph format], and a closing sentence or paragraph.

    These projects are great for:

    • Whole group writing
    • Small group writing
    • Literacy centers
    • Early finisher activities
    • Sub plans
    • Student teachers
    • Enrichment

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    Teaching Duration
    3 months
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
    With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
    With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
    Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
    With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


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