Informative/Explanatory Writing {Expository} Lessons


Here’s everything you need to teach expository writing!  From start to finish!  This resource has 20 mini lessons that guide your students through the CCSS informative / expository writing standards.  Includes daily planning calendar, mini lessons with explanations, examples, and tasks.  Teach the fun stuff!  The planning is done for you!!


Wondering how to teach all the writing standards? This resource has got you covered! You’ll fall in love with teaching informative / explanatory writing with this ready easy-to-use, organized unit of 20 mini lessons.No worries that you’ll miss a standard – all of the common core standards for expository writing are taught.

You’ll have everything you need to get started today — step-by-step mini lessons take your students from defining a informative / explanatory texts to the finished product.

The mini lessons include:

  1. What are informative / explanatory texts (anchor chart)
  2. Reading an informative / explanatory text (expository writing)
  3. Assignment sheet & rubric
  4. Gathering ideas, part I
  5. Narrowing the topic
  6. Free writing
  7. Organizing ideas
  8. Writing an introduction
  9. Creating a first draft: Maintaining a formal style
  10. Developing the topic: facts & definitions
  11. Developing the topic: concrete details
  12. Developing the topic: using quotations
  13. Developing the topic: information & examples
  14. Using transitions: Words, phrases, clauses
  15. Word choice: precise language
  16. Word choice: domain-specific language
  17. Crafting a conclusion
  18. Revising for clear, coherent writing, organization, and style
  19. Peer review
  20. Proofread: Demonstrate command of conventions

The unit also includes:

  • Clear writing assignment
  • Rubric
  • Lesson plan chart
  • Suggested teaching calendar (great for pacing and lesson plans!)
  • Teaching chart for each mini lesson that includes: lesson notes, standard, student-friendly standard, student task, assessment/homework suggestion

Reasons to love this resource:

  • Start teaching today!
  • Perfect for writing workshop or whole-class instruction
  • Less planning & more teaching!

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