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Writing Explanation Texts PowerPoint

PDF, PowerPoint | 33 pages|Grades: 5 - 6

A 33-slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching your students about explanation writing.

What are explanation texts?

The purpose of an explanation text is to describe how and why a particular thing works, or how and why a particular event occurs. Explanation texts can be written about a wide range of topics. Some examples include common objects, complex machinery, historical events and natural phenomena.

Teaching your students how to write an explanation text has never been so easy!

This PowerPoint presentation provides the complete guide to writing an effective explanation text. It has been designed to teach your students about the text structure and language features of explanation texts in a clear and logical sequence. The presentation includes:

  • a tuning in activity designed to stimulate interest and activate prior knowledge
  • an overview of the purpose of explanation texts
  • an overview of the structure of explanation texts
  • an overview of the language features of explanation texts
  • three examples of explanation texts for students to read and analyse.

Work through the PowerPoint over a number of lessons. Class, group and individual activities to reinforce the structure and language features of explanation writing are also included in the teaching presentation.

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1504

    Understand how texts vary in purpose, structure and topic as well as the degree of formalityElaborationsbecoming familiar with the typical stages and language features of such text types as: narrative, procedure, exposition, explanation, discussion a...

  • ACELA1512

    Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contextsElaborationsmoving from general, ‘all-purpose’ words, for example ‘cut’, to more sp...

  • ACELY1701

    Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsexplaining how the features of a text advocating community action, for example ...

  • ACELY1711

    Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a textElaborationscomparing the structures and features of different texts, including print and digital sources on similar topics, and evaluating which features be...

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