Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Types of Writing, and addresses standards about identifying text types and their purposes. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display different types of text in the classroom. Examples include:  

  • Text book
  • Novel
  • Book Review
  • Cartoon
  • Recipe
  • Magazine advertisement

Ask students to identify the purpose of each of the examples.

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Pair students and have them read one of the two Related Readings articles,. then share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie using one of the three types of writing. Choose to: make a movie review (opinion writing); produce a news story (informational writing); or animate a short story (narrative writing) 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map of the three main types of writing. Include descriptions and characteristics about the type of writing and examples. Remember that some writing may fit into more than one category.
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game for friends to match different pieces of writing to their category of writing. Remember that some texts might fit into one more than one category.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

  • Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the different types of writing. Prompt them by asking questions such as:
    • What’s your favorite type of writing to read? Why? What’s your favorite type of writing to write? Why?
    • What type of  text fits into more than one type of writing? Explain.
  • Assess: Wrap up the lesson with a Types of Writing Challenge.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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