Unit 3 Bringing History to Life (Informational or Explanatory Writing)
In informational writing, the writer’s goal is to teach their readers about a topic. It is the kind of writing that students will encounter in much of their informational reading and current event articles in our "Scholastic Weekly Reader" or "Time for Kids"
This unit guides students toward creating voice-filled informational texts about topics of their choice and expertise. Writers can only engage readers in a topic if they are engaged in that topic. First we will begin with a topic that each fourth grader is excited and interested in, this will be a topic that they feel they are experts about. A topic of their choice in which they know so much about they could teach a class...and that is exactly what we will do.Students will then create a book with text features and chapters.
Then we will move on to a subject that 4th graders also know a great deal about; The American Revolution. Students will be collecting research to support their informational books so that they may examine a topic and convey their ideas and information about that topic clearly. Students will learn that Informational texts include many interesting facts about a topic to capture the interest of the reader.
Students will again write with new partners and use the checklists below to assess their writing.