This W.4.2 Informative and Explanatory Writing unit includes lesson plans, writing prompts, writing papers, graphic organizers, and assessments perfect for making your Informative/Explanatory Writing unit a breeze. In fourth grade, students must introduce their topic, discuss subtopics with facts, details, and definitions, then conclude their writing with a strong conclusion.
*This resource now includes a digital component. The graphic organizers, prompts, writing papers, and assessment pieces now 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- Paragraphs and Subtopics
3- Text Features
4- Adding Quotations
5- Transition Words
6- Strong Introductions
7- Strong Conclusions
8, 9, and 10- 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 3rd Grade Informative Writing sets will have some similar or 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.4.2:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.