I want to create a library of amazing mentor texts to use when teaching expository writing. They're proving hard to find. A mentor text--as you probably already know--is a published piece of writing whose idea, whose structure, or whose written craft can be analyzed during a lesson to inspire your own students to write. Narrative and persuasive mentor texts are no problem to find. Why is it so difficult to find a published piece of expository writing that I can use to inspire my own students' expository assignments? I've begun my search.
So, it occurred to me as I was getting ready to assign my students an expository essay to write that they might not know what an essay is. We've spent a ton of time on exposition, but an essay? Not so much The Guiding Question is a way for me to address my suspicions and to assess if my students even knew what an essay was. As I'm reading it, I'm drawing out subtle differences between narrative writing and this piece. Because the Expository Essay or Summative Assessment asks them to use Cause and Effect as an organizational pattern, I understand that I need to draw that out also while they read.
This resource explores instructional practices for persuasive essay writing in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies classes. Download Now. Persuasive essay writing is a formal writing activity that can be used in all content areas. Persuasive essays are written to influence the attitudes, thinking, or actions of the reader about debatable issues.
Whether you refer to it as expository or informative writing, expository texts explain. They inform the reader about something — the writing can be structure as:. You can provide them with different nonfiction texts that include:. Enlist the help of your librarian to gather a variety of texts.