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Expository Writing Practices Across the Content Areas
Activating Prior Knowledge What do you know or think you know? 1.What is Expository Writing? 2.Why do my students need to learn Expository Writing? 3.How can I integrate Expository Writing activities within my content area? 4.How might I find time for reflection and feedback?
What is Expository Writing? The writer: Explains, describes, gives information or informs Assumes the reader has no prior knowledge of the topic Requires a high level of knowledge on organization http://www.stanford.edu/~arnetha/expowrite/info.html
What is Expository Writing? Narrative Tell a story Enlighten Entertain Real or Imagined Experiences Expository Argue Compare Cause/Effect Describe Explain Inform Problem/Soluti on Reason Retell Sequence Both Structured Sequenced Detailed
Why do my students need to learn expository writing? 80% of writing activities across content areas in the CCSS focus on Expository Writing!
Expository Writing in my Content Area Math Create a 2-column chart. Compare/contrast attributes of a rhombus with those of a square. Science Restate the process of photosynthesis using three vocabulary words from the lesson. Social Studies Write an explanation of Queen Lili’uokalani’s quest for moral and political restitution. Health Translate a technical article about the benefits of buying food from local farmers into language that is suitable for a school newsletter. English Language Arts Write a position paper on the quote: “A recent survey revealed 55% of teens listed ‘who their friends are’ as the top factor influencing their opinion of their peers.”
Creative Applications to Tease Your Thinking! "Long Lost" Scientific Logs or Historical Journals: Based upon the informational research, have students keep multi-day logs or journals about scientific or historical topics, complete with "antique" maps or illustrations. The Family Photo Album: Illustrate the controlling concept and facts through photos, paintings, or drawings, bound together in a scrapbook format. Add written captions that describe the visual information. Comic Collections: Using a comic strip format, write the actual informational report in the speech or thought bubbles!
What did you learn? Expository writing is… Expository is not… My students need to learn expository writing because… I can easily integrate expository writing into my curriculum in the following ways… I can monitor for understanding by…