Lesson Plan

All About the Informative Essay

Informative essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the parts of an essay and generate ideas in their own graphic organizer.


(10 minutes)
Informative Essay: Anchor PaperInformative Essay: Mixed Up EssayInformative Essay: Idea Map
  • Ask students to work with a partner or table group and think of the three most important things to do in order to be successful in school.
  • Share answers and decide on three as a class. Write them on the board.
  • Have students work together again and think of three details for each of the three ideas on the board.
  • Share and write three details under each idea.
  • Tell students that they just created an outline for an informative essay.
  • Discuss possible topics for the essay. Examples might include: How to Succeed at School, Three Keys to Academic Success, and How to Rock Your Report Card.