Reading A-Z resources organized into weekly content-based units and differentiated instruction options.
Create authors that can inform, describe, or explain in their writing at four developmental writing
levels. Informative/Explanatory Writing Lessons model the writing process and give students practice
with the structure and language of a text type. The Informative/Explanatory genre covers a variety of
text types, such as autobiography, biography, descriptive, essay, experiment, informational report, how
to, and more.
Students encounter informative/explanatory writing, or expository writing, in a variety of
contexts in the classroom and throughout their lives. Students will be asked to write
informative/explanatory texts not only during high-stakes assessments, but also throughout their
educational and professional careers.
Informative/explanatory writing helps students
Each six-part process writing lesson takes approximately two weeks to complete. Begin each
writing lesson with whole-class instruction for teaching and modeling the writing process.
At the end of each lesson part, students independently apply what they have learned; and by the
end of the lesson, create their own informative/explanatory composition.
Each lesson contains leveled tips in the sidebars that outline the expectations for each
developmental level of writer. The leveled expectations help you decide how best to adapt the
lesson to meet the needs of each student.
Samples and graphic organizers at each of the four developmental writing levels (beginning, early
developing, developing, and fluent) provide support for the range of students' needs in your
Resources with each text type lesson
Some text types have digital writing practice support that takes students through the writing
process online and lets them submit their typed process writing compositions to your In Basket.
Look for additional links that take you to the online practice when it is available for a text
the story of the facts and events of a person's life
a composition that includes sensory details and creates a mental picture for readers
a composition that tells the similarities and differences between two or more subjects
a composition that describes the necessary steps for completing an experiment using the scientific method
a composition that describes the necessary steps for completing a task in a real-world setting
a report, often based on research, that presents focused ideas, facts, and/or principles on a topic
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