Informative_Explanatory Writing - Planning Lessons

Grade Levels
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Common Core Standards
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Expository_Informative_Explanatory Writing – Planning

These six (6) lessons in the Planning 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:
Brainstorming, Outlining, Audience and Purpose, and Evaluating Outlines

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.

PLANNING LESSONS
Lesson 1: Brainstorm and Categorize

- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Brainstorm & Categorize
(13 Lesson Content and 5 CCSS slides)
- Group categorizing activity
- Handouts (2): Notes and Practice w/answer key

Lesson 2: Make an Outline, Prompt 1
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Make an Outline, Prompt 1
(22 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handout (1): Audience and Purpose Notes and Practice w/answer key

Lesson 3: Make an Outline, Prompt 2
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Make an Outline, Prompt 2
(15 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handout (1): Audience and Purpose Notes and Practice w/answer key

Lesson 4: Make an Outline, Prompt 3
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Make an Outline, Prompt 3
(16 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
• Handouts (0)*: *None assigned, but editable versions of “Purpose and Audience” and “Make an Outline” can be found in the Editable Handouts folder for extra practice, if desired.

Lesson 5: Evaluating Outlines
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Evaluating Outlines
[13 Lesson Content slides (plus 6-slide bonus practice deck) and 5 CCSS slides]
- Handouts (4): Evaluating Outlines Forms (1) and Practice (3)

Lesson 6: Group Application
- Student groups practice brainstorming, categorizing, and outlining the same prompt for different audiences. Similarities/differences of completed outlines are presented.


Planning Extras:
General Topics List
Seven writing prompts
Four categorizing practice worksheets
Peer review, Evaluating Outlines Feedback Form
Second version of Categorizing Group Activity
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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Total Pages
95
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week

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Informative_Explanatory Writing - Planning Lessons
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Informative_Explanatory Writing - Planning Lessons
Informative_Explanatory Writing - Planning Lessons