Writing Informational Text


ELAR-Grade-8 Non-fiction Texts Writing Informational Text
Students write an informational passage with a problem/solution organizational structure. First, they choose a topic and then move through the writing process from prewriting, to drafting, to revising and editing. They use informational text features in their writing. Students will self-evaluate based on a rubric.

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Overview

In this experience, students write an informational passage with a problem/solution organizational structure. First, they choose a topic and then move through the writing process from prewriting, to drafting, to revising and editing. They use informational text features in their writing.

At the end of the experience, students will self-evaluate their work based on a rubric. You may review the rubric with them at any point during this experience.

Objectives

  • Plan and write informational text, moving through the writing process.
  • Apply informational text features and organizational strategies to an informational passage.
  • Revise and edit informational text.

Duration

One week. You may want students to draft or research information outside of classroom time.


People are often faced with a problem or challenge, and they must decide how to best approach that problem. They must analyze solutions to determine which one might result in the best outcome. In this experience, you will explore a problem and possible solutions as you write an informational text with a problem/ solution organizational structure.

Objectives

  • Plan and write informational text, moving through the writing process.
  • Apply informational text features and organizational strategies to an informational passage.
  • Revise and edit informational text.


group of young people brainstorming a solution

Think about the last time you were faced with a problem. How did you go about solving it? Did you just dive right in? Did you think about solutions ahead of time?

Imagine that you are faced with this problem: You were supposed to bring a cake to band practice after school, but you forgot all about it. Practice will be starting in one hour. The band members will be very disappointed if there is no cake today.


What solution can you suggest to solve this problem? Be creative!

Post your answer

Discuss student solutions to this hypothetical problem. Take a class vote on the “best” solution.


Many times, when you face problems or challenges, you must evaluate possible solutions. In this experience, you will write an informational text with a problem/solution organizational structure.


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