Expository Writing Essay Unit – 2 Weeks – Print & Google Versions




Teach expository, informative, explanatory writing in this comprehensive two week Expository Writing Unit. Includes lesson plans, a rubric, sample writing, prompts, outlines and more! Using the Reader’s Writer’s Workshop method, students are guided through each step in the writing process and gain confidence as writers while developing their personal craft.

All student materials are writeable in Google Slides. Assignments can be completed and submitted digitally.

This no prep essay unit includes:

⭐ Two weeks of detailed expository essay lesson plans following the Reader’s Writer’s Workshop Format with complete mini-lessons.

⭐ Student writing packet that guides students through each step in the expository writing process: collecting/brainstorming, developing a topic, drafting each part of the essay, revision, editing and presenting the essay to the class.

⭐ A sample student writing packet that has been completed with sample writing for each step in the writing process.

⭐ A two week unit calendar with tips and notes.

⭐ A common core expository essay rubric.

⭐ A PowerPoint presentation with unit notes and If / Then charts.

⭐ A PowerPoint presentation with the Round Table Editing Protocol used on Day 9

⭐ All student facing materials can be shared from Google Drive.

⭐ Includes a modified unit that can be shared and completed digitally for independent study.

The unit plan emphasizes student independence and student ownership of writing.

Each lesson uses the Reader’s Writer’s Workshop format with Mini-lessons followed by Independent Writing Time and Closing / Sharing. Each Independent Writing Time contains instructions for students as well as a conferring focus and informal assessment focus for the teacher.

Each lesson contains an IF / THEN chart for students to use to direct independent writing time. The unit is designed so students can become self-directed!

Background on this unit: I contracted with Washington State OSPI to score the 10th Grade State Expository Writing Assessment. The following year I was on the prompt writing committee, and the next year I was on the team that developed training materials used to score the 10th Grade State Expository Writing Assessment. I developed this unit to use in my own classroom based upon my experience assessing literally thousands of expository essays!

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