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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Write About It Wednesday: Expository Writing

Hello Everyone!  Happy Wednesday!

Kate and I are joining forces again to bring you another Write About It Wednesday.  If you’re new to this series, click “Write About It Wednesday” over there to the right…you can go through all the topics we’ve already written about.  There’s some good stuff there!!

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This week’s topic is Expository Writing.  I hope you’ll stick around to read my post, and then head over to read how Kate launches expository writing in her class.

My post today isn’t about launching expository writing, rather it’s about the expository writing we’re working on right now in my class: All About Animal books.

My kiddos started out by doing research at home with this FREEBIE from Lindsey over at “A Year of Many Firsts”.  I stumbled across this sheet on TpT, but all of Lindsey’s things are awesome!!  Make sure you check them out!  {Like my favorite, here}.

Once we’ve done our research {I provide time in class for any of my cuties who don’t have computer access or parent support}, we’re ready to start our expository writings on our animal.

This may be overkill, but I have my kiddos do their writing in paragraph form before they make their books.  I want them to see that expository writing takes on many forms.

Students receive their All About Books after they write their paragraph form writing.  They use their writing to complete their books.  The books have a page for table of contents, a labeled picture, and different titles pages.  Oh, and of course an About the Author page!




We’re in the thick of these books right now, so I don’t have any completed books to show you, but I’m sure you get the idea.  I have been collecting all finished pages from my kiddos and holding on to them.  Once they’re finished with all sections of their book, we’ll do The Table of Contents together.  Then they will use a standard checklist in their writing folder to edit and revise their books.


We will keep these books in our Non-Fiction Animals book bin for a few weeks before I add them to their portfolios.

I’ve uploaded the All About Book template, which you can grab at TpT.  If you use it be sure to leave some positive feedback.  I love reading each and every comment!!


{Click the picture to grab them from TpT}

And just like we always do, Kate and I are inviting you to link up with any expository writing post you have on your blog.  It doesn’t have to be a new post, as long as it’s related to expository writing we’d love to read it!!!  Just be sure to follow the guidelines below.

*be a follower of both of our blogs.
*use the provided button {just save the image above and link it back here, or provide a link in the picture caption}.
*link to a post related to today’s topic.
*make sure you link to the specific post and not just your blog.

What expository writing topics do you do with your class?

Don’t forget to check out Kate’s post!



  1. Oooh I love this! Great post as always!

  2. I like to have them write first drafts in paragraph form too- it gives them much-needed handwriting practice as well. I linked up!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  3. Love these! I should also have my kiddos write in draft form as well. It just takes some of them so long to write the first draft that trying to get a final draft out of them would be killer. Maybe I will make that one of my goals for next year.

    I just linked up with your linky for the first time! Sorry it was late!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  4. Loved your post and freebie! I am your newest follower and I hope to link up soon! Take care,

    Kickin' It With Class


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