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Explanatory Writing, Part 2

Domain-specific vocabulary and transitional words are two important parts of explanatory writing. In this lesson, Ms. Ramsey provides her students with a chance to flesh out both using a graphic organizer. Working in pairs, the students consider their topics and the words they could use to enhance their writing
Grade 6 | Language Arts | Common Core Standards: W.6.2, W.6.4, and W.6.5
Teacher: Jennifer Ramsey, SEED School, Washington, DC

Lesson Summary

Domain-specific vocabulary and transitional words are two important parts of explanatory writing. In this lesson, Ms. Ramsey provides her students with a chance to flesh out both using a graphic organizer. Working in pairs, the students consider their topics and the words they could use to enhance their writing.

Things to watch for:

  • Teacher modeling in whole-group setting
  • Students work in pairs
  • Students share their work with the whole group
  • Classroom management behaviors: "5 claps," "grows" used as a way for students to provide feedback to each other

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Alignment to Common Core Standards

Writing Standards

Text Types and Purposes

Production and Distribution of Writing

  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.) (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4)
  • With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grade 6 here.)(CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.5)

Classroom Strategies

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Teacher Reflection

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