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This expository essay unit includes everything you need to teach informational writing. It includes at-a-glance-instructions, writing prompts, step-by-step instructions, visuals, graphic organizers, and high-interest mentor texts. It will be easy to differentiate instruction and can be used as a writer’s workshop unit.

*UPDATED* Updated to include a link to a digital replica of the resource on Google Drive and editable planning pages you can copy and paste into your planbook.

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Students will begin by reading and analyzing high interest informational essays that serve as mentor texts:
♦ Informative-Sequence Essay: “The Life Cycle of a Butterfly”
♦ Informative- Descriptive Essay: “Everyone Learns Differently”
♦ Informative- Compare/Contrast Essay: “Moving into Middle”
♦ Informative- Problem and Solution Essay: “Cell Phones in School”
♦ Informative- Cause and Effect Essay: “The Reasons for Poor Test Grades”

* Each sample essay includes questions (and answer keys) on text structure and purpose.

Also includes:
♦ 35 prompts for informative writing
♦ organizational pattern information, practice, and answer key
♦ choosing an informative writing topic
♦ writing an introduction: text and visual
♦ graphic organizers for each organizational pattern
♦ student revision checklist
♦ informational writing rubric
♦… and more!

* Please check out the preview to see everything that is included.

This informational writing unit addresses the following Common Core Standards:
RI.6.5; RI.6.6; W.6.2; W.6.2a-f; W.6.8; W.6.10
RI.7.5; RI.7.6; W.7.2; W.7.2a-f; W.7.8; W.7.10
RI.8.5; RI.8.6; W.8.2; W.8.2a-f; W.8.8; W.8.10

*It can probably also be used with an advanced 5th grade class.

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As always, feel free to contact me with any questions ♥



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