Expository Writing Teacher Resources
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Fact or Fiction - What is Expository Writing?
5th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Use formatting to organize an explanatory essay after comparing and contrasting expository and narrative genres. Young writers explore expository writing by employing prewriting techniques and graphic organizers to plan an essay. This is...
W.9-10.2 Expository Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core
9th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Expository writing aims to explain, describe, define, instruct and/or inform. Here are some resources that will inspire your writers, encourage them to think critically, and help them formulate their own ideas. Take a look at the attached notes for each resource to find the aligned Common Core Standards addressed.
On-Demand Assessment: Writing of an Information Paragraph About How a Bullfrog Survives
3rd CCSS: Designed
Having read and discussed Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, third graders demonstrate their bullfrog expertise by writing informational paragraphs. Building on the note-taking and paragraph planning from the previous lesson, learners create...
W.8.2 - Expository Writing: 8th Grade ELA Common Core
8th CCSS: Adaptable
Help your students explain, inform, and examine with these resources tied to the W.8.2 expository writing standard. I've put four resources at the end of the collection that are interdisciplinary in nature, a few having to do with science and a few with social studies. The writing standards span all of the disciplines, and you may want to partner up with a social studies or science teacher to bring to collaborate on bringing these lessons to life.
W.7.2 - Expository Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core
7th CCSS: Adaptable
Tell it like it is with a collection filled with resources that focus on expository writing skills. Seventh graders work on comparing and contrasting texts, analyzing current events, and structuring their essays in clear and understandable way.
Explain Yourself: An Expository Writing Unit for High School
9th - 10th
Introduce expository writing with a unit that asks writers to craft an essay to explain a belief, value, or priority that is important to them. Mini-lessons within the unit focus on crafting thesis statements and conclusions, selecting...
Planning Writing: Bullfrog Information Paragraph
3rd CCSS: Designed
Lesson ten in this unit for the book Bullfrogs at Magnolia Circle, prepares third graders to begin writing an informational paragraph about the adaptations of bullfrogs. First, young writers work either independently or in pairs to...
Informational Writing: Lesson 2 of 5
3rd - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
Introduce expository writing to your elementary learners. Young authors write a three-paragraph informational paper using the steps of the writing process. They follow guided lessons to experience each of five steps. Included are tons of...
Write a Thesis Statement for an Argumentative Essay
5 mins 3rd - 5th CCSS: Designed
A strong thesis statement sets the tone for any piece of expository writing. In the second lesson of this series, young writers follow a step-by-step process to narrow down their topics and create an argumentative statement that can be...
Choose a Research Writing Topic for an Informational Text
4 mins 4th CCSS: Designed
Select a research topic in the first of ten lessons that walk through each step of writing an informational text. The instructor walks through a three-step process for selecting a just-right topic that the writer will enjoy exploring....
Planning a Response to a Writing Prompt
4 mins 4th CCSS: Designed
In the fourth of seven lessons on responding to a writing prompt, the instructor guides learners through pre-writing organization and using stories to illustrate points in the essay. The thought process behind each text addition is...
Research Writing: An Introduction for 4th Grade
4th - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
Writing a research paper has never been so easy! From choosing a topic to publishing the final draft, this presentation covers all the steps in between. Show this to your class in a single lesson, or cover it a few slides at a time as...
The Modes of Writing: How to Write for Different Purposes
5th - 12th
Do your pupils know the difference between varying types of writing? This 57-slide presentation is made up of four sections: narrative writing, descriptive writing, expository writing, and persuasive writing. Split it up and use the...
The "Write" Stuff: Third Grade Strategies and Conventions for Expository Writing
Here is an amazing, 39-page collection of lessons on reading expository text, and writing about it. Designed for third graders, these lessons thoroughly cover this all-important area of literacy and language arts. Beautifully designed...
How to Write a Movie Review from a Pet's Perspective
3rd - 8th
When would two paws up denote a blockbuster film in your classroom? Only when young writers create movie reviews from a pet's perspective in this imaginative expository writing practice. This engaging topic begins with a class discussion...
Working in your Cubicle: Critical Thinking and Writing
7th - 8th
Explore informative and explanatory writing with this lesson. Using a cube labeled with directives to describe, analyze, compare, associate, apply, and argue the topic, middle schoolers work individually or in groups to answer questions....