A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently write an informative text, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
Explain to the students that they are now going to plan and write an informative text independently.
Select one of the 5 Informative Writing Stimulus Sheets that best suits the focus content of the unit e.g. The Natural World. Project the stimulus on the board and read through it as a class. Explain to the students that they will be writing an informative text based on this stimulus.
Teachers may wish for students to formally research the topic of the text before writing begins (depending on computer availability and internet access). If this is the case, provide the students with a copy of the Note Taking Graphic Organiser. Remind students to write dot-point notes and to translate all information into their own words when writing their text.
Provide the students with a copy of the Informative Texts Writing Scaffold. Monitor and support the students as they plan and write their informative texts. Teachers may wish to set a time limit for writing, or they may allow the students to take as much time as they need to complete the task. Ensure that the students know exactly how much time they have and provide regular reminders of how much time is remaining.
Once the students have finished writing their informative texts, encourage them to proofread and edit their work.
Teachers may wish to collect this piece of writing and use it to assess the students’ understanding of the unit objectives. The Informative Writing – Assessment Rubric may be a helpful tool for teachers during this process.
Encourage strong writers to select a more challenging topic for the writing task.
Support weaker writers through the planning process, so they have a clear direction for writing.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities