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Informational Writing

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Elizabeth McCurdy

on 17 February 2016

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Transcript of Informational Writing

Collecting Ideas
Before you start writing you need to identify what information you want to share.
Informational Writing
Note Taking
Citing From The Text
How do citations from the text support your writing ?
Highlight notes you plan on using as details:
1. Topic 1: Yellow
2. Topic 2: Pink or orange
3. Topic 3: Blue or green
Thesis Statement
After collecting all of your notes write a clear and strong thesis statement.

You have read several sources and viewed media on the colonies in America. Compare the resources to explain how your colony was established, what life was like, and the colony's role in the revolution. Write an essay and be sure to include evidence from all 3 sources.
What is the prompt asking me to do?
1. Read sources provided
2. Use my sources to cite ideas

3. Provide my reader with
information about a colony
What are the 3 important topics we will be writing about?
When I am reading for an essay I need to read my sources many times:

1st read- Understanding and looking for topics (main ideas) - (Create a thesis, what will be my main topics for body paragraphs?)

2nd read- Finding evidence to support my topic
(facts, details and citations)

Graphic Organizer: First Read
What is informational writing?
Let's look back at the colonial job prompt
Example 2:
Example 1:
How are explanatory pieces organized?
Find the pieces of an explanatory piece with a partner.
Fill out the organizer with 3 topics (main ideas) about struggles in Jamestown
You must organize a notes sheet!
2nd Read
Notes Organizer: 2nd Read
1st Read: Highlight information about our 3 topics.
You have read several sources and viewed media on a colonial job in early America. Compare the resources to explain details about this job.
Recording Notes
Today you will record notes about YOUR colonial job using your articles and video.
Fill in your pillar with your 3 topics.
Explanatory Pillar
2nd Read:
Record notes
1st Read: Highlight information about our 3 topics
2nd Read:
Record notes

Amazing Fact:


Lets write for your introduction

James Town
Mr. Nausbaum
- Men came who did not know how to live in the new world
- J. Smith took over and changed the colony
saving it.
- Men were worried about getting rich
-They depended on the
natives for food.
- They didn't chose a good
location for water and food
- Men died from starvation and food
-They traded with the natives for food
- Chief Powhatan didn't want to trade
- They were attacked by the natives often
-The chief wanted to kill J. Smith
You have taken notes and now it's time to use them! Look over all of your notes and find similarities between your notes. Choose details that will fit into your Main Idea paragraphs. You don't have to use all your details.
-J Smith had to take over
the colony was going to fail

- J Smith had knowledge
to deal with the natives

- The colonist depended
on the natives for food
- The colonist did not plant
- J Smith was able to get food
for the colonist.
- The settlers were violent
towards the natives
-The natives wanted guns
-Chief Powhatan didn't want to trade
- attacked the natives when they wouldn't trade
Dramatic Moment
John Grant
Jamestown Colony
You must create notes sheets for each resource!
It is important to identify your details before you begin writing
- Food was often bad
- Food was difficult to get
1/2 the people who
come died
* Jot a small note on your organizer to remind you of the detail
Natives would attack often
The natives were hostile
- Living conditions were hard
- They were unprepared
{Look back at Chinese New Year and Native American Games : What is the thesis statement in each piece?}
Lets look for common ideas from all 3 sources
Why must writers include a thesis statement?
They must tell the reader what the essay will be about
Try it with your notes
What could a possible thesis be for the Jamestown writing?
Write a thesis for your colony essay and record on your explanatory pillar
You must tell the writer what the essay will be about
Share your thesis with your table partner!
Transition Words
Hooks & Main Ideas
Each body paragraph MUST start with a hook, followed by a main idea sentence
Main idea sentences or topic sentences tell the reader what the paragraph will be about
{Look back at Chinese New Year: What are the main idea sentences?}
Let's create main idea sentences for the Jamestown writing!
Jamestown Writing
Topic 1:
Topic 2:
Topic 3:
Main Idea Sentence:
Main Idea Sentence:
Main Idea Sentence:
Highlight in our example text the transitional phrases
Main Ideas: Colonial Job Writing
Create a main idea for each of your 3 topics
Write them in on your Explanatory Pillar
Share your main ideas with your table partner
Jamestown Video: Note Taking

How do transition
words support your writing.
Choose 3 leads to write for the opening of your essay.
Share your leads with a partner and
choose your favorite!
Types of Leads
Introduction Paragraph
Hook ( Red) - A attention grabber
Context (Blue) - Background information that your reader will need to understand your writing
Thesis (Green) - What your writing is all about

Would you travel to Jamestown if you knew that half of the settlers died? Many people took this risk to come to Jamestown. Jamestown was one of the first permanent settlements in America. It became a part of the 13 colonies that we now know as Virginia. Jamestown was faced with many struggles such as poor leadership, difficulties with food & resources and hostile interactions with the natives.
Let's highlight this example paragraph!
Determine which transition words would fit best in the task card paragraphs
Body Paragraphs
What do I need to include in my body
paragraphs ?
Hook (red) - An attention grabber

Main Idea statement (yellow)- This is what your paragraph is all about

Details (blue) – Support your main ideas with specific details

Citation (green)– A direct quote that gives extra support to your main idea.

Transitional words/phrases-(orange)- Words that connect your details to one another

Conclusion statement- (yellow) – a statement that connects your paragraph to your thesis

Highlight parts of a body paragraph
with the Jamestown passage.
Your quotes or citations should help to explain your point
You MUST use a sentence starter to introduce your quote
You may choose to include the name of the author, article, or book when referencing your research
How would you introduce the following quotes?
"Jamestown further suffered from poor and corrupt leadership and a population of men that were unfit for life in the wilderness.

"Food shortages were making unbearable situations even worse."
Would these two quotes be in the same paragraph?
The conclusion re-states your purpose
and gives your reader something to think about.
Highlight the conclusions
Topic sentence (blue) -Fresh rephrasing of thesis statement
Supporting sentences (green)
Summarize or wrap up the main points from the body of the essay
Closing sentence (red) -Final words, connects back to the introduction, provides a sense of closure
Common Mistakes in Conclusions
Don't state the thesis the exact same way you did in your introduction.

Don't introduce a new idea or subtopic in your conclusion.

Don't change the style of your paper

Don't include evidence (quotations, statistics, etc.) that should be in the body of the paper.
Jamestown colony was on the verge of failure during its' early early years. The leadership of the colony was poor and men did not prepare for life in the colony. Colonists had a difficult time with the natives which lead to attacks and food shortage. The eventual success of Jamestown lead to many new colonies.

You have read several sources and viewed media on a colonial job in early America. Compare the resources to explain details about this job.
What is the prompt asking you to do?
1. Read or view the resouces
2. Use my sources to cite ideas

3. Provide my reader with
information about a colonial job
Write Introduction for Jamestown
Let's choose a thesis from our list in our binder
With a partner create 2 to 4 background information sentences that will help your reader better understand your essay (Lined paper)
(with a buddy)
Let's write a conclusion for Jamestown!
You had viewed and read three resources about the Causes of the Revolutionary War. Compare these resources to write an essay that explains three causes of the Revolution. Be sure to use information from all resources.
Background information: What was the Revolutionary War? Who did it involve?
Readworks article
SS Minibooks - Causes of the Revolution
Body Paragraphs
Main Idea Sentence
Give information: Own & Author's
(explain your quotes!!)
Summary Sentence
Add 2 pictures to the correct paragraphs
Add the opinions of 2 people from this time period (Revolutionary War)
Create 1 loyalist and 1 patriot
Create a name for both of them
Write how they feel about the taxes, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and/or King George 111
EXAMPLE: Samuel Jones, Patriot, age 23: "I can't stand the way King George III and parliament think they can control us from an ocean away. We want to be able to govern ourselves with our own laws. We left England to get away from the King III, but we are still stuck under his rule. Luckily the Boston Tea Party showed him that we are serious and are not willing to back down. (THIS IS JUST A SAMPLE, CONTINUE WITH MORE THAN THIS)
Score Yourself
Quoting from the Text
In the article called Civil Rights Biography the author states, "When Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger, King was asked to be the leader of a non-violent bus boycott that lasted 382 days."
End quote with punctuation INSIDE
Comma after says or states
Begin quotation mark
Early Finishers
If you are finished your Revolutionary War writing please choose one of the following:

Write a story involving colonial chocolate
Write a story about the animal you created in their new ecosystem
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