This is a mini unit for the second grade Common Core standard for an informative piece based on researching an animal. It includes teaching slides that can be printed as colorful posters, student printables for each step (research, graphic organizer, rough draft, and final draft), and sample completed copies to use as modeling and examples! There are also basic lesson plans for the mini-lessons.
When I teach a writing piece like this, I teach one small skill per day through a mini lesson. First I teach and model something small like writing a good introductory sentence, then the students try it, and finally we reflect. We go over one step a day until its finished!