Gnomes Read, Write, and Think

"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron, bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods…” -JK Rowling

Writing: Informational Text

This week we have begun working on writing informational text.  We have studied numerous informational texts that we will use as mentors in our writing.  Students have them in their writer’s notebooks for reference as they write. By reading these texts, we are uncovering what authors do to write quality informational texts.

Now, we have begun to write our own.  Our first step is to write a strong guiding question.  We need our questions to be narrow enough but not too narrow.

For instance:

“Why are wild bees disappearing?” is great.

“Bees” is not great.

“What adaptations do polar bears have that help them survive in the Arctic?” is great.

“What is interesting about polar bears?” is not great.

Informational text possibilities we have uncovered so far:

  • How to text (how to make a paper airplane, etc.)
  • Biography
  • Research based answers to a question: (Do animals have a sixth sense?)
  • Historical information: (What were the results of the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill?)
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