Use descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing in all content areas (COS 7, 8/ ADAW)
Blending Fiction and Nonfiction This lesson supports the use of a text set (paired fiction and nonfiction texts on a similar topic) to increase student interest in and understanding of content area material and to develop critical writing skills. Alaskan Native Stories This lesson uses traditional stories of the Native peoples (i.e., narrative text) to introduce students to the study of animals in Alaska (i.e., expository text).
World War II Memory Book Students write and publish an oral history of a relative or friend's experiences of life during World War II.
NASA Aerosol Informative Writing Students research volcanic aerosoles using the NASA Kids site and write an informative composition about how aerosols impact the Earth.
Children Around the World Students will choose and research a country and present information to the class. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the research process, proper note-taking, using the writing process, and using technology to facilitate their research.
Think Tank: Think Tank is designed to help students (grades 3-8) develop a Research Organizer (a list of topics and subtopics) for reports and projects.
Writing Prompts: These sites have a variety of writing prompts to help students develop stories. Includes some handouts and PowerPoint presentations. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on paragraphs.
Writing: Text Structure: These sites explain the different types of text structures that are used in expository writing. The text structures include chronological sequence, comparison/contrast, description, problem/solution, and cause and effect.