Rev Up Your Writing Instruction
The Writing Slump
If you think about it, most of what we write and read on a daily basis is expository. We make lists, write lesson plans, blog posts, etc. We read blogs, articles, letters, charts, menus, etc. We inform and teach others all the time. What better way to engage writers than to do something that they can engage with and share their expertise.
One activity that I've done with teachers is to have them use an Alphabox organizer to collectively brainstorm all the different kinds of expository texts. We came up with 88 different kinds!!!! Think about it, narrative is narrative. There are not a lot of variations, but expository can be diverse.
The key to great expository writing are the mentor texts. What is in your stack that you want kids to explore and emulate? If you want your students to make Top Lists, grab some National Geographic Kids magagzines to show great examples. Writing All About books? Grab some great examples of engaging nonfiction. Young writers will notice what attributes and features they can try in their writing.
Have fun, explore and GO FOR IT!
Playing with Text Features
Crafting Nonfiction Primary
This amazing text is full of great mini lessons to try with young writers. It is written specifically for primary students. Linda Hoyt does an excellent job of providing mentor texts and examples.
Nonfiction Mentor Texts
Another great resource. This is good for all grade levels. It really supports all the ways we can craft great nonfiction with our students.
A Place for Wonder
This resource helps you explore nonfiction reading and writing in the primary grades. Georgia Heard shares her great ideas to help students wonder and think.