Empowering Writers

Toolbox: Expository


Comprehensive Expository Writing Guide – Grades 4-8 – Scope & Sequence

This scope and sequence is designed for use with the Comprehensive Expository Writing Guide for Grades 4-8. It is divided into two separate units, each unit is eight weeks in length. Follow this recommended timeline when planning for expository writing. It is not necessary or advisable to complete every page of a section, but rather, […]

Using Language Prompts

How do students know what they need to write? What structure to choose? What genre do I use? Is this narrative or expository? Students are often confronted with assignments that use specific language cues. These language cues offer insight into the genre and purpose of the response, however, students often cannot discern that language and […]

Expository Sample with “Author’s Group Model”

Have a look at this expository piece written by a sixth grade student. It has a sense of organization, but little in terms of interesting language, and elaboration. It is, basically, a collection of simple facts around main ideas. Using the “Author’s Group Model” approach for revision, this student created a well developed piece that […]

Quick Writes – Expository Writers’ Craft

  You’ve spent weeks and months teaching expository writing – so many key skills to remember and apply! And sometimes after just a long weekend students come back and seem to have forgotten the bulk of it! Review, reinforcement, practice – to me it’s like learning a new computer skill – if I don’t practice […]

Expository – Rubric

The first time my son came home with a rubric for an assignment he had been given I thought, “This is genius!” My son who communicates in grunts gave me very little information about his school work except what I could decipher with those grunts. He also hated that I checked his work to be […]

April 2011 Lesson of the Month

Spring has sprung – and along with the budding trees and blooming flowers we’ve got a lesson for you that you’ll want to use year after year when April rolls around. We often think of research as relating mostly to expository texts. But, in fact, authors of all genres use research as a tool for […]

October 2010 Lesson of the Month

It’s hard to believe autumn is here – the time of year when students and teachers both settle into a comfortable routine and, together, explore and enjoy the many changes fall brings! Thinking about a new season in life is always invigorating and fun – this month’s lesson uses the “stuff” of autumn as the […]