A sample Fourth grade information book which demonstrates work which is aligned to Common Core State Standards for informative/explanatory writing. You’ll notice the student examining a topic and conveying ideas and information clearly by grouping related information together and developing the topic with a variety of "facts, definitions, and details".
A sample sixth grade argument essay which demonstrates the kind of work produced from the new research-based argument essay unit. You’ll notice the student integrating research from multiple print and digital sources to make and support claims and an overall argument.
An informative/explanatory book which uses dragons to explain mathematical concepts concerning fractions. You’ll notice the student organizing ideas, concepts and information using a variety of strategies, such as “definition, classification and comparison/contrast,” including graphics to aid comprehension, developing the topic with a variety of information including, “relevant facts, definitions, concrete details,” “using appropriate transitions to clarify relationships,” and “using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary,” all of which are key expectations for sixth grade informative/explanatory writing. In addition, the text demonstrates that the student is applying skills learned in writing—writing to examine a topic and convey ideas-- across the content areas.