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7th grade expository writing examples

7th grade expository writing examples

Audubon Public Schools

Engaging Students ~ Fostering Achievement ~ Cultivating 21st Century Global Skills

Written By: Lisa McGilloway, Beth Canzanese

Course Title: English Language Arts Unit Name: Writing - Expository

Grade Level: 7


Content Statements


In this unit expository writing skills will be developed. The craft of expository writing will be explored through a wide variety of reading experiences in which one ‘reads like a writer’. Craft will also be honed through the experiences of drafting, revising, and publishing pieces in a range of different expository formats across the curriculum. Mechanics will be addressed as identified by ongoing student writing assessments.


Common Core Standards:









Overarching Essential Questions

What routines and materials will help me be a more effective and successful writer?

What have I read that can act as a model for my own expository writing? How can I create my own expository writing based on these models?

How do writers make decisions about the mechanics of writing? How can I make these decisions in my own writing?

How can I write about the facts and information I have learned?


Overarching Enduring Understandings


Writers use their knowledge of the writing process and how writers work to produce writing in different genres and for different audiences and purposes.


Writing and reading are interconnected; reading effective writing can help develop the craft of writing and help guide writers in decisions about mechanics.


I can effectively write about the facts and information I have learned by:

n  introducing a topic or text, clearly

n  previewing what will follow

n  using headings, illustrations, graphics and multi media

n  using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast and cause/effect

n  developing my topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotes or other related information

n  using appropriate transitions

n  using precise language and domain specific vocabulary

n  providing a strong concluding statement or section that is related to the topic

n  writing in a formal style


Unit Essential Questions


How can I work independently in Writing Workshop in a variety of ways that support effective writing such as:

  • Use a writer’s notebook?
  • Collect seeds and territories?
  • Know steps of writing process?
  • Use rubrics and graphic organizers to guide my writing?
  • Write for a sustained period?
  • Reflect on my own writing?
  • Conference with my peers and teachers?
  • Use touchstone and mentor texts?
  • Revise and edit pieces to make them more effective?
  • Develop a sense of voice in my own writing?


How can I make decisions about mechanics to make my writing more effective such as:

  • Know reasons for paragraphing?
  • Use commas for a variety of purposes?
  • Create sentences of different length, variety, or complexity?
  • Use capitalization for a variety of purposes?
  • Use the correct form of adjectives and adverbs?
  • Create adverbial and prepositional phrases?
  • Use colons, apostrophes, hyphens, parentheses, semi colons, and end punctuation effectively?
  • Properly use different types of verbs?
  • Use verbs of consistent tenses that agree with the subject?
  • Properly use different types of nouns?
  • Use different types of pronouns?
  • Use conjunctions, interjections, and appositives?
  • Use resources and references sources to help support my decisions about mechanics?
  • Use knowledge of spelling patterns to help me spell words in my writing?
  • Use correct spelling and legible handwriting or technology?
  • Spell all high frequency words at my grade level correctly?


What skills can I use to craft my own expository writing?

  • How can I use graphic organizers that help organize ideas for expository writing?
  • How can I take notes and put information in my own words (paraphrase) to prepare for expository pieces?
  • How do I decide on questions to research and write answers to these questions using facts, examples, and explanations?
  • How do I write different types of essays in all the subject areas?
  • How do I write short responses to questions in all the subject areas?
  • How can I organize information using main idea sentences and supporting details?
  • How can I use transition words to create bridges between paragraphs?
  • How can techniques such as compare/contrast, problem/solution, or cause/effect be used to organize my expository writing?
  • How can I use text features such as: headings, labels, captions, and graphics to add to my expository pieces?
  • How can I add description in expository pieces to make my writing better?
  • How can ‘snapshots’ and ‘thoughtshots’ be used to add detail to my writing?
  • How can I use vivid verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in my expository writing?
  • What types of openings and closings do writers of expository use? How can I use them as models?
  • What decisions can I make about word choice and vocabulary to make my writing better?


Unit Enduring Understandings


I can write for different audiences and for different purposes and use strategies from Writing Workshop to get ideas.


I can use rubrics and graphic organizers to help organize my thoughts and guide my writing.


I know the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. I understand that writers move in and out of these steps as they work on pieces.


I can use feedback from my teacher or my peers to improve my pieces. I can look at my own pieces and see ways to improve them.


I can use texts that I read to help guide my own writing.


I can use examples of how authors use grammar and mechanics in effective ways to make my writing clearer.


I can use my knowledge of spelling patterns to help me spell and read words.


When I report on the research I have conducted, I have to list the sources I used.




Unit Rationale


Most of what we read on a daily basis is written in an expository or informational format. Students need a working knowledge of all steps of the writing process in order to produce effective pieces in this genre. Experiences in reading a variety of expository pieces and analyzing the author’s craft aid in the creation of a student’s own expository piece. Techniques used by writers of informational text aid students in writing across the curriculum.


Unit Overview


In this unit students will continue to practice the routines and behaviors of successful Writing Workshop participants. They will read and analyze a variety of expository and informational texts in order to uncover the craft used by these authors as well as the common elements of this genre. The texts will provide authentic models for writing as students begin to draft their own pieces. The ability to construct short responses across the curriculum required by standardized testing will be emphasized for the student.


Suggested Activities for Inclusion in Lesson Planning


Read alouds, shared reading, and class discussion of touchstone texts with expository elements

Whole group, small group, and individual analysis of touchstone expository texts

Writer’s Notebook – collecting seeds ,writing territories, and questions to research

eBooks and Google books for expository texts

use of word processing programs

Use digital tools to publish a piece of writing, including flip cameras, iPads, Smartboards, netbooks and computers.


MyAccess Writing Program

ACES technique for cross curricular responses

Research papers, highlighting important information, 2 pgs. in length with a work cited page, evidenced of paraphrasing

Use graphic organizers

Peer edit, using teacher created checklist

Write short informational pieces that are focused

Cross curricular projects:

Soc. Studies – research a country’s culture, research an area of ancient Egyptian culture, essay comparing Greek city states of Athens and Sparta, write answers to text Focus questions at end of each chapter, essay questions on chapter/unit assessments

Science – write a weather report, write an essay explaining the causes of a science related topic, answers to Quick Quiz questions in text, essay questions on chapter/unit assessments

Math – short constructed responses to answer open-ended questions



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