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Informational Writing Resources Giveaway!!

I think its great that the common core has raised the bar for writing. Writing is sooo important and can really make or break a person professionally.  I have always thought that it was one of the most important skills for students to master.

 An effective writer is usually successful in whatever profession they choose. I am not talking about journal writing, personal narrative writing or fiction writing.  Students need to be effective technical writers.  They need to know how to organize an informational piece of writing, whether it be an essay or a report.  This is the type of writing that will be required of them again and again...throughout school and into their professional and personal lives.   Those people who find it difficult to write effectively, will find it difficult to succeed not only in their professions, but in their lives.

Math, Science, Social studies???  All of those subjects require students to also be effective writers.  More and more students are being asked to explain their thinking in writing on formal assessments.  As educators of all levels, we need to invest more time on writing instruction

We need to take the focus off of "fluffy" writing like narratives, fiction and journal prompts, and emphasize the meatier types of writing including essay, memoir, biography, and information reporting.  These are the types of writing that will help our students to succeed in all aspects of their life.

That is not to say that we should ignore other types of writing, but we should definitely put more emphasis on writing informatively

I have recently put together some resources to help teachers bring informational writing to their students easily and effectively (I hope). The unit focuses on delivering information in written form using three organizational structures:  description, sequence, and comparison.  It also gives students several pre-writing strategies.  It shows how to use pre-writing strategies to organize their draft using the following to tools:  flow charts, timelines, boxes & bullets, and webs. 

The best thing about this new unit is that I have included a complete sample text to help guide students through the process of writing their own.  It is soooo helpful when you have an example to show students exactly what you are looking for. It is nearly impossible to find time to create model texts for my students ahead of time, and when I try to generate writing in front of my students, I can never think "on my toes."  This resource kit has all of that done for you!!  I can't wait to start using these resources with my students!

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On to the good part....drumroll please......
Can you tell how proud I am of this product....I put some hefty time into this one!  I would love some feedback from my bloggin peeps, so I want to give it away to 2 people who follow my blog.  If you are not currently a follower....well, join up right now!  If you are interested leave a comment below.  

 Love and Peace,

6 comments

  1. Wow! You have put a lot of time into this product! It looks great!

    Amanda Bryant
    A Traveled Teacher

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  2. I would love to have this packet! Looks great!

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  3. I'd love to! I'm a 4th grade teacher and informational writing is a huge struggle for them. Any support would be so awesome! I'd be happy to give it a review on my blog too. ;-)
    Jivey
    ideasbyjivey.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi Kathy!
    I love the idea of getting students to focus on writing more than just narratives- it sounds like your pack will help teachers do just that! I know I've also been trying to "beef up" my students' writing- it is a lot of work, but definitely worth the effort. Although this pack would be too high for my little friends, just wanted to leave you a note saying I think it looks awesome! :)
    Aylin
    Learning to the Core

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  5. I am sooooo interested in this! We focus on writing with our exemplar texts every grading period, so this will be perfect for one of our upcoming choices (we haven't picked it yet...). I am also excited because I just looked over to the right and saw my blog on your blog list!!!! I feel so famous :) Anyhoo, this is a great product, so thanks for creating it. If I don't win, it will be purchased, that is a promise!

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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  6. Thank you for your replies!! I have randomly selected two winners: Jivey and Janine!! Thank you for commenting!!

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