This W.3.2 Informative and Explanatory Writing unit includes lesson plans, writing prompts, writing papers, graphic organizers, and assessments perfect for making your Informative Writing unit a breeze. In first grade, students must introduce topic/text, supply facts, and provide a sense of closure.
*This resource now has a digital component. The graphic organizers, prompts, writing papers, and assessment pieces exist in Google Slides. You can get access to the digital versions on page 5 of the PDF. Please keep in mind that the lesson plans are not digitized at this time, only the graphic organizers, writing prompts, writing papers, and assessments.
There are 10 lesson plans, which can be spread out over the course of 3 or 4 weeks. There are many activities within each lesson plans, which should take you about 2 or 3 days to complete each. The lesson plans are scaffolded to gradually teach the process of writing opinion pieces.
1- Structure of an Informative Piece
2- Strong Facts, Definitions, and Details
3- Organizing Facts into Categories
4- Strong Introductions
5- Body & Paragraphs
6- Linking Words
7- Strong Conclusions
8- How-To Writing Focus
9- All-About Writing Focus
10, 11, and 12- Putting It All Together Writing Pieces
There are also…
–Writing Prompts for cyclical practice throughout the year
–Graphic organizers to use as needed
–Writing papers with primary lines and regular lines (3 options with picture sizes)
–Assessments (teacher and self)
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**Please keep in mind if you are buying multiple grade levels, the 1st and 2nd Grade Opinion Writing sets will have some overlapping activities BUT the prompts, pictures, and topics will be completely different. Several of the activities are changed, too, but it follows a similar format.**
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This unit covers the Writing Common Core State Standard W.3.2:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.
Provide a concluding statement or section.