Ask the students to revisit their scaffold planning sheet from the previous lesson. Choose one category from one of the topics from the sorting task e.g. the size and appearance of sharks.
Project the Informative Paragraph Planning Templateon the board. Using the relevant facts from the chosen topic and category, jointly construct an informative paragraph with the students. Model how to write an appropriate topic sentence, supporting sentences and concluding sentence. Encourage the students to suggest appropriate language features, such as subject-specific vocabulary.
Once completed, ask a student to volunteer to read the completed paragraph to the class. Encourage the students to make any further suggestions to improve the quality of the paragraph.
Provide the students with a copy of the Informative Paragraph Planning Template. Allow the students to work in pairs or individually to write an informative paragraph about a different aspect of the same topic e.g. the diet and eating habits of sharks. Encourage the students to follow the same process as the one used for the joint construction. Display the Paragraphs in Informative Writing Posterwhile the students are writingas a visual reminder of the correct paragraph structure.
Encourage each pair to share their informative paragraphs. Allow the class to provide positive feedback, as well as suggesting helpful ideas for improvement.
Encourage more confident writers to work individually on their informative paragraph, rather than in pairs.
Allow students who find writing challenging to work with a teacher or teacher aide during the pair activity.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities