Writing to Inform and Explain Unit (Vol. 1) - Digital and Printable

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Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 1): “And the Winner Is…” (A Mini-Writer’s Workshop for Grades 6-8) is part of a series of mini-workshops designed to engage even the most reluctant of young writers! This quick-paced, 2-week writer’s workshop is broken down into small, manageable steps which will keep your students interested and excited as they write about giving away an award that they created for a deserving friend or family member. This unit comes with a link to an interactive Google Slide "Notebook" that guides students through the lessons and activities, making this perfect for digital/distance learning.

Each mini-workshop in this series contains:

★ (1) mentor piece for students to analyze and use as a model while writing

★ (2) prewriting organizers

★ (3) three writer’s craft mini-lessons that support the skills necessary for writing strong essays, as well as the common core State Standards (CCSS).

★ (6) Beautiful anchor posters (both in color and BW for easy printing!)

Organization Patters of Informational Text

I’m Organizin’ It!

Transition Words

Consistency in Style is Vital!

Read-Around-Groups Directions*

Revising and Editing Checklist*

★ (1) rubric for scoring students’ writing

(*these posters/lesson plans will be found in each product in my narrative and inform/explain writing series)

I’ve also included Common Core alignment for grades 6-8 (though these lessons could easily be adapted for 4-5th grade, as well as 9-12th grades!) and detailed, step-by-step lesson plans.

If teaching students to write to inform and explain is part of your curriculum, you will not be disappointed with this mini-writer’s workshop!

Thanks for shopping! Enjoy!


Find other volumes in this series:

Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 2): How to Survive…”

Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 3): On the Other Hand…”


This product is included in the following bundle:

A Year of Writing Instruction - Part One (September-December)


Check out my Narrative Series:

Narrative Writing (Vol. 1): Writing About Lessons Learned

Narrative Writing (Vol. 2): Writing About Memorable Places

Narrative Writing (Vol. 3): Writing About Special Treasures



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67 pages
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2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.


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