Get your students excited about informational writing! This complete informational writing unit includes daily lesson plans, notebook charts, mentor texts and more. This unit takes your students through the whole writing process. Students will begin with getting ideas and end with a published piece of informational writing. The informational writing lessons included can be used in two ways:
Students get their own ideas for their essay.
Students write based on a prompt.
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What is included in the informational writing unit?
There are a total of 24 minilessons. The lessons can be skipped, moved around, modified as needed based on your students' needs.
Study a Mentor Text
Writers are teachers.
Prepare for research
Look for Big Ideas (Main Ideas for Text)
Plan with Boxes & Bullets
Paragraphs with Purpose
Use Text Evidence
Balance Facts with Voice
Using a Teaching Tone
Elaboration: Using Mini Stories
Using Figurative Language
Craft Moves & Elaboration Strategies
Expert Words (Domain-Specific Vocabulary)
Transitional Words & Phrases
Revise: Add Text Features
Revise: Eliminate Unnecessary Words
Polish & Publish!
For each lesson above, PowerPoint slides are included that can be used to model and teach the lesson.
✏️Notebook Charts/Binder Charts for Students (see full list below):
For each lesson, a notebook chart is included to support student learning.
✏️More Writing Resources Included:
Rubrics & Checklists
Mini Word Wall
Teacher Example Essay + Planning
Mentor Text Recommendations
✏️ Writing Notebook Anchor Charts + Graphic Organizers
Characteristics of an Informational Text
Writing an Informational Text
Wise Readers Ask Questions
Cause and Effect
Sort Out the Details
What does the TEXT say?
Using Text Evidence
Transition Words for Informational Writing
Organizing an Informational Text
See, Think, Wonder
See, Think, Wonder Notes on How to Use the Strategy
Informational Writing Editing Checklist
Informational Writing Checklist and Rubric
Solving Our Spelling Problems
Paragraphs with Purpose
Instead of Says
Building the Main Idea of a Paragraph
Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 1
Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 2
Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 3
File it Away! (Graphic Organizer/Boxes and Bullets)
Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 3 sources with lines)
Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 3 sources without lines)
Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 4 sources with lines)
Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 4 sources without lines
Sorting My Evidence (Graphic Organizer to sort information)
4 Square Boxes and Bullets Writing Planner
Boxes and Bullets Planning Page
Informational Writing Checklist
✅ You can try a sample of this unit for FREE here!
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