Lets explore the importance of teaching informative/explanatory writing in the classroom. Students need to have the ability to clearly convey concepts and information in their writing. This skill is crucial for communication in future careers and life!
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THE PURPOSE OF INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY WRITING
The primary purpose of informative/explanatory writing is to increase knowledge. When writing an informative/explanatory text, the writer answers questions of why or how. Informative writing educates the reader by imparting straightforward information on a certain topic. Unlike other types of writing, informative writing does not aim to change the reader's thinking or move the reader to take action.
INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
There are a number of ways for students to practice writing informative/explanatory texts. Some of my favorite informative writing assignments are:
- Basic Paragraph
Below are two very simple writing assignments you could assign students to work on their informative writing skills. In addition to looking at the ways your students write informative or explanatory texts, you will also have the chance to check that proper nouns are capitalized properly. What a great way to combine writing and grammar!
WRITING ASSIGNMENT IDEA #1
To assess how well your students write informative/explanatory texts, use calendar holidays as a writing topic. For instance, you might ask students to choose their favorite holiday and explain in writing why they like it the best.
To help students choose a holiday for an explanatory essay, you could provide them with a list. Some common holidays follow:
- New Year’s Eve
- Valentine's Day
- St. Patrick's Day
- Fourth of July
WRITING ASSIGNMENT IDEA #2
Want to be more creative? You can add a twist to the informative essay and provide your students with some lesser-known days of celebration. This would encourage students to do some research and inform their audience. Here are some possible calendar celebrations students could research and write about:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Opened in NYC (1872)
- Jackie Robinson Day
- World Fish Migration Day
- Earth Day
- National Plush Animal Day
- King Tut Day
- William Shakespeare's Birthday
- Transportation Week
- World Architecture Day
INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY WRITING FORMAT
Informative or explanatory writing follows an organized format. Using the anagram INFORM, teachers and students can easily remember the elements of an informative essay. Download a poster to remind your students about the parts of the INFORMative essay!
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A List Of Informative Essay Topics For Elementary School Students
An informative essay is a common assignment for elementary school students. Unlike other essay types, this style of writing does not require a thesis statement or an argument. Instead, the informative essay is intended to portray a specific person, place or topic. It includes relevant information and can even have a biographical tone to it.
To get started on this style of writing, students need to first choose a topic. Students should select a topic that they are interested in, and they should also look for a topic that is fairly easy to research. The following list of informative essay topics is intended to help elementary students get a head start on their assignment.
Informative Essay Topics for Elementary School Classes
- Life During the Great Depression
- How Volleyball Works
- The Impact of Nasil Yazilir
- Becoming a Vegetarian
- What Is a Computer Virus?
- How a Yo-Yo Works
- The Sinking of the Titanic
- The Great Wall of China
- The Holocaust and World War II
- The Dangers of Tanning
- How to Play Tennis
- The History of Snowboarding
- Basic Guide to the History and Rules of Ultimate Frisbee
- What Is a Puppy Mill?
- Dealing With Stress
- The Creation of the Game of Soccer
- The Civil Rights Movement and Racism
- Switching to Healthy Foods: Obesity and School Lunches
- What It Means to Be Poor
- What Makes a School a School?
- The Problems Caused by Bullies in Elementary Schools
- The Benefits of Recycling
- What Is Plastic Surgery?
- The Food Pyramid and Nutritious Eating Habits
- Techniques for Dealing With Peer Pressure
- The Life and Times of George Washington
- The Making of a Black Hole
- Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
- The History of the Christmas Tree
- The Story Behind Halloween
- What Is Sown Syndrome?
- From Coffee Beans to a Cup of Joe: How Coffee Is Made
Students can use the previous list of ideas to help come up with a topic for their own writing. Each idea that is included on this list can be modified or adjusted to suit the student's English class. Sometimes, the best ideas are thought of by the student alone. To do this, students should sit down with a piece of paper and a pencil. Once the student has thought of the perfect topic, they can begin researching and writing the informative essay. For the best grade on the assignment, students should also make sure that they thoroughly edit their work before they turn it in to the teacher.