These sites are about non-fiction (expository) writing. Includes definitions and descriptions of this genre. Includes lesson plans, outlines, and activities. eThemes Resources on graphic organizers, research reports, biographies, and newspaper production are linked.
Learn what expository writing is. Includes types of expository organizational patterns and examples of graphical organizers.
Outlines: Putting Your Ideas In Place
This site has a template and suggestions for making an outline on the Berlin Wall.
Scholastic: Non-fiction Writing
Follow the links to learn more about non-fiction writing. NOTE: This site contains ads.
ReadWriteThink: Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts
Learn about different types of nonfiction writing and practice identifying books that are nonfiction.
SuccessLink: How to Activity
Students will write a paragraph that explains how to do something. Includes student writing prompts and a rubric.
Beacon Lesson Plan Library: Alike or Different You Be the Judge!
In this activity, students will write an expository paragraph after comparing and contrasting items of texture, taste, odor, and visual appearance.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Biographies
These sites offer tips for writing biographies. There are lesson plans, helpful handouts, rubrics, and examples of biographies written by elementary students. Includes a video about the writing process.
eThemes Resource: Newspaper Production for Elementary Classrooms
These sites include tips on creating a newspaper for elementary classrooms. There's information on interviewing, writing and photography. Includes sites on advertising and circulation. There are also activity ideas for using newspapers as a teaching tool.
eThemes Resource: Teaching Tips: Graphic Organizers
These sites have printable and interactive graphic organizers to be used in the classroom. Includes KWL charts, webs, clusters, timelines, outlines, fish diagrams, story maps, comparing charts, cause and effect charts, and more. Some sites explain how and why to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Research Papers
These sites focus on the steps involved in writing a research paper. Learn how to brainstorm a topic, organize information, use transition words, and write bibliographies. There are tips and handouts on how to evaluate online sources, plus links to child-safe search engines. Includes links to eThemes Resources on online resources and graphic organizers.