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Teach informational writing in middle and high school using this mini-lesson with guided note, graphic organizer and scaffolding writing activity. An answer key has been provided to model the process of expository writing for these handouts.
FULL INTERACTIVE LESSON FOR POWERPOINT®
GUIDED HANDOUT WITH SCAFFOLDING ACTIVITY
PRACTICE WORKSHEETS AND ANSWER KEY PROVIDED
How to use this resource:
This resource teaches the important literacy skill of writing an informational text. I begin teaching this skill with the Writing an Informational Paragraph lesson interactive slideshow for PowerPoint®. This lesson highlights the characteristics of an informative paragraph while highlighting how it is different than other forms of writing. Examples are provided, and students are prompted to identify these as appropriate for informative writing or not. Also provided with this resource is a guided note with a scaffolding example; students can fill out the informational writing graphic organizer in this note as you move through the lesson.
I then instruct students to attempt the practice example, which features several points which must be evaluated and organized in order to write an information paragraph. I like to first model the process of selecting the appropriate points to include in an information paragraph before prompting students to organize this information logically, and write their paragraph with an appropriate introduction and conclusion. An answer key for this activity has been provided in order to model the process of information writing.
After completing this lesson, I then distribute the information text worksheets, which feature three separate writing activities. Each activity has a topic, along with several bulleted points of information. Similar to the scaffolding activity in the lesson, students must differentiate and distinguish between appropriate information and informal or subjective points before organising this information and writing their paragraph. The topics included in these worksheets are: "Avoiding Meat and Dairy Can Improve Your Environmental Impact," "Rehabilitation in Correctional Facilities," and "A Comparison Between Venus and Earth." A full answer key has been provided for each writing prompt in order to provide informational text examples and consolidate this lesson.
This lesson is a great addition to the Ontario Literacy Course (OLC) or preparation for the Ontario Literacy Test (OSSLT), but can be used in any middle school or secondary language arts classroom to teach the basics of informational paragraph writing!
This resource is featured in Mondays Made Easy's MEGA BUNDLE: High School LITERACY Unit | OLC / OSSLT Prep Lessons, Worksheets. Visit Mondays Made Easy's store on Teachers Pay Teachers to preview these and other literacy resources!
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