All About the Informative Essay
Students will be able to identify the parts of an essay and generate ideas in their own graphic organizer.
- 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.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Distribute the worksheet Informative Essay: Anchor Paper.
- Go over the instructions and read the essay together.
- As a class, follow the steps on the bottom. Students will mark up the essay, identifying each of the parts.
- Add additional explanation about each of the parts as needed.
Guided Practice(20 minutes)
- Distribute scissors, construction paper, and glue.
- Distribute the worksheet Informative Essay: Mixed Up Essay.
- Go over the instructions together and then support students as they assemble the essay outline.
- Students will arrange the strips in a variety of ways. Having the freedom to do this will help them think about how the ideas are related and organized.
- Review the correct arrangement using the answer key, discussing discrepancies if needed.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Distribute the worksheet Informative Essay: Idea Map.
- Students will practice generating a hierarchical structure of information by creating a web of their own. You may choose to have students actually write an essay based on this idea web.
- Give clues for the Mixed Up Essay activity by providing one or more of the topics or getting them started with the title.
- Instruct students to write an informational essay based on their idea web.
- Instruct students to examine structure of other nonfiction texts. How is it similar? How is it different?
- Provide three details and have students write a reasonable topic that they would fall under in a paragraph.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Discuss: How is the structure of an informational essay different from the structure of a narrative or a story?