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Lesson Title Writing to Inform
Unit Title Mining for Truth with Point of View
NRS Level Level 4
Length of Lesson 120 minutes
Lesson Purpose

This lesson will give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge about an area of coal and also gives them a choice in what to research. Students will research their topic and practice writing for the purpose of informing an audience. Students will also be able to apply their skills using correct writing conventions and effective organizational structure.

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SELF-REFLECTION-Final-lesson.docx Rubric-for-Coal-Research-Essay.docx Reference-Tracking-Sheet1.docx Expository-Writing-Ideas.pdf Expository-Writing-Checklist.pdf Expository-Writing-How-to.pdf Coal-Research-Topic-List.docx
Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • research a topic
  • cite sources responsibly
  • write to inform
  • write using correct writing conventions
Student Target

“I can research and write effectively to inform an audience about a topic.”

CCR Standards
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Lead CCR Level Specific Standards
Writing Anchor 2: Level C
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. 

     a. Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

    b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

    c. Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).

    d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

    e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Language Anchor 3: Level C
  • Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. 

     a. Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.

    b. Choose punctuation for effect.

    c. Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion).

    d. Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.

    e. Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.

Supporting CCR Level Specific Standards
KYAE Employability Standards
  • E.5 Utilize resources responsibly.

  • E.7 Accurately analyze information and respond appropriately.