Expository Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Introduce and explain the different types of expository writing to your students with our lesson plan. View examples, then play a fun game to make sure students understand the concept.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • name the types of expository writing
  • identify expository writing samples

Length:

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • Topic cards (about two for each student)
  • Chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Expository writing
  • Descriptive essay
  • Process essay
  • Comparison essay
  • Cause/effect essay
  • Problem/solution essay

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Instructions

  • Begin by showing your students our Study.com video lesson What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples.
  • Ask students to take notes for reference, or print a copy of the transcript and have students highlight as they watch.
  • After the lesson, create a three-column chart with students listing the types of writing, characteristics, and samples. Draw pictures to aid visual learners.
  • Have students create in their writing notebooks.
  • Do a quick comprehension check. Give a few samples of types of writing (you can use your prepared cards) and see if students can identify what kind they are. For example, if you say, 'A recipe for chocolate cake,' the answer would be 'process essay.'

Activity

  • Before class, prepare the topic cards. On these cards, types and samples of different types of expository writing will be written, such as 'newspaper,' 'text book', and 'Jim was late for school, so he asked his dad to give him a ride.' Also, label chart paper for each type of expository writing and hang these charts around the classroom.
  • Tell students they will play 'Expository Rush' with expository writing samples. Students will play as partner pairs.
  • Fold all topic cards and put in a large bowl or hat.
  • Show students where the signs are for each type of expository writing. Make sure the path to these are clear because students will be (safely) racing to these spots throughout the room.
  • Instruct students to pull a topic card from the hat but NOT to look until you say 'Go.' Once you do, they should decide what type of writing it is, race to the correct position, and wait. The last group to get a spot is out.
  • Tell students not to share their topic cards as they may pull them next. After all students are in a spot, collect the cards, checking to make sure students are correct. If not, they are also 'out.'
  • Play until one group is left.
  • At the end, share all topic cards with students. Discuss why they fit into each category. Hang in classroom for future reference.

Extensions

  • Ask students to bring in a sample of expository writing in from home. Share and discuss.
  • Create an expository writing section in your room or library with samples of each type place in labeled baskets.

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