• Writing - Day 8:

    Thursday, March 26, 2020


    Informative Essay PRACTICE:

    Overview: Exploring the characteristics of informative writing

    Estimated Time: 25 minutes 

    Explanation: This week you will be using what you have learned about informative writing to draft an essay on a topic of your choice.   

    Things to Know:  

    Informative writing focuses on a single topic or idea.  The purpose is to inform or teach readers about a topic.  Informative writing includes more specific subtopics which are directly related to the overall topic.  Each subtopic is typically addressed in its own paragraph.  In the introductory paragraph, start with a lead or strong opening to hook the attention of your reader.  The body paragraphs should use facts and details to support the ideas presented about each subtopic.  Transition words and phrases help to keep the essay organized and connect ideas together.  Some informative writing includes text features such as headings, diagrams, pictures, tables, and timelines.  A strong ending ties back to your lead, provides a brief summary of your essay, and draws a conclusion about the information learned about the topic.   


    Tasks for Today –
    *All activities can be completed in your composition book or electronically (Word, Seesaw, PowerPoint, etc.)
    **Files needed for today's activities can also be found in our Homeroom Team

    1. Finish drafting your essay.
      • Draft your essay in your composition book or writer’s notebook.  Bring your notebook back to school.  If you have access to technology and would like to type your essay, use your OneDrive, and save the document in your 6th Grade folder.

    Next week we will begin revising and editing. 
    I would like to hold small group meetings on Teams to share your essay and help one another strengthen our writing.  The small groups will have 4 students at a time and will be about 20 minutes long. If you are interested in participating in these "Authors Chats" please complete this form:  Authors Chats Survey
    More information will be shared on Monday!


    Share today's work:

    Remember, your work today is not graded, but I'd love to see what you've done. You can share your work with me through Teams, email (jsnyder@cbsd.org), Seesaw, or share your composition book with me when we return to school.