Expository_Informative_Explanatory Writing – Drafting
These six (6) lessons in the Drafting stage of the writing process are part of a bundle
designed to prepare your students will to write well-organized essays in two-to-three weeks!
Key topics include:
Converting Outlines to Paragraphs, Relevant Facts, Credible Sources, Paraphrasing and Quoting, Opening Paragraphs, and Closing Paragraphs
PowerPoint Presentations are in PDF format to maintain format and presentation as intended when I made it. However, each presentation is also available in .pptx format so you can edit if you would like -- for personal use only. Be aware that there will likely be formatting incompatibility with the .pptx versions.
The downloadable preview shows a selection of handouts from the unit.
Lesson 1: Outlines to Paragraphs
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Outlines to Paragraphs
(21 Lesson Content and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (2): Informative/Explanatory Writing: Drafting – Outlines to Paragraphs
(Notes and Practice w/answer key)
Lesson 2: Relevant Facts
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Relevant Facts
(12 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (2): Notes and Practice w/answer key
Lesson 3: Credible Sources
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Credible Sources
(15 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (4): Notes (1) and Practice (3) w/answer key
Lesson 4: Paraphrasing and Quoting
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Paraphrasing and Quoting
(29 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (5): Notes (3) and Practice (2)
Lesson 5: Opening Paragraphs
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Opening Paragraphs
(35 Lesson Content and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (5): Notes (3.5) and Practice (1.5)
Lesson 6: Closing Paragraphs
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Closing Paragraphs
(17 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (6): Notes (4) and Practice (2)
Quoting Resource Page: Verbs list
Quoting Resource Page: Prepositional phrase list and Citation website suggestions
Editable versions of most student practice handouts
A note on expectations:
As the 4th – 8th grade standards suggest, skillful writing is iterative. The beauty of teaching writing is that the basics are the same with levels of sophistication added in each year. I have never found all my students arrive on grade level for any subject – but this is especially true of writing. I have had fifth graders who were far better writers than seventh graders, for example.
Unfortunately, I frequently discover even students who excel in other areas of English Language Arts come to me with writing skills below grade level in writing.
For this reason, my approach every year is to start with the basics and build in layers of sophistication either in varying writing prompts or expectations of the final products. (Some of this will be addressed in revising unit.) This is why you find 4th – 8th grade lessons combined. My approach is the same; my expectations of students’ level of sophistication in ideas, vocabulary, and connections drawn between ideas varies, but the approach the writing process does not.
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