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

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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 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

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about types of writing while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • 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). (Essential Literacy Skill: Draw evidence to support analysis and reflection)
  • 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. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key ideas)
  • 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. (Essential Literacy Skill: Accurately use domain-specific words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Types of Writing Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Types of Writing Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of writing with these topics: Writing Process and Five-Paragraph Essay

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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