Informational text essay Academic Vocabulary with Lesson Plan


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Academic #Vocabulary for writing an Informational Text Essay. This presentation includes the lesson plan in the presentation. It is a ready-to-go day of instruction with no work from you. This meets all the requirements for the Common Core State Standards Vocabulary development and instruction. Please enjoy this complimentary presentation for your use.

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Informational text essay Academic Vocabulary with Lesson Plan

  1. 1. Informational Text Essay Academic Vocabulary with Lesson Plan Another Common Core Made Easy Slideshow from
  2. 2. Prepare your paper for note taking Using the Cornell Note format, you will write the academic vocabulary word on the left hand side and the definition on the right. Be sure to leave room for writing teacher comments and example sentences. Your topic is “Informational Text Essay Academic Vocabulary.” Next write your Essential Question based on your teacher’s input. There are 7 terms. Be sure to leave enough spaces between words and definitions to be able to go back and provide examples of each. Bonus: Can anyone tell me the difference between academic vocabulary and story vocabulary?
  3. 3. 1. Claim A claim is a strong statement that is stated as true, but can be challenged. Example: Should students wear uniforms? Is NOT a claim because it is stated as a question. “All students should wear uniforms.” is an example of a claim because it makes the statement that sounds like it is true but most students would challenge this statement. Writing an effective claim, one must engage the following: The claim… • Is the main statement or argument of the essay. It’s effectiveness sets the tone for the whole essay. • Defines your paper’s objective. • Is very specific. • Is a statement NOT a question.
  4. 4. 2. Textual Evidence Textual evidence is proof/support taken from a reliable text resource and is derived from reading the text to locate information that can be placed in your essay. The format can be provided as direct quotes, paraphrased or used to back up your theory. Remember you must cite your source (next slide).
  5. 5. 3. Research Oxford Dictionaries offers the best definition of research that I have found. “Research is the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.”
  6. 6. 4. Analyze Webster dictionary says to analyze is “to study (something) closely and carefully : to learn the nature and relationship of the parts of (something) by a close and careful examination.” It can sometimes be hard to slow down and study text for close reading and understanding, but in order to write an effective essay, one must take the time for close reading and analysis to see if the potential source will enhance your essay.
  7. 7. 5. Synthesize Webster dictionary says to synthesize is “to make (something) by combining different things.” Synthesizing can sometimes be hard to understand. The best way to think of it is to take several pieces of information from different sources and break it down to a clear, concise, well- written format that is easy for the reader to understand.
  8. 8. 6. Explicit Explicit means to clearly state something with all details included so that there is no misunderstanding or room for doubt. It is important for writing to be explicit so that your reader has a good understanding of what you have written.
  9. 9. 7. Citation To avoid plagiarism, you must always cite your sources. Citation means to give credit to the publication (Internet or printed source) where you found your information, graphic or photo. This can be done using A.P.A.® or M.L.A.® format depending on which one your school uses. Attach a page at the end of your essay and title it “Sources”, “Citations”, or “References”, find your reference on the Internet or your library for these formats and give credit to your publisher. Popular Internet Citation Sites • • • • https://owl.english.purdue. edu/owl/section/2/ • index2.php
  10. 10. All done! Now, find a partner and work together to provide examples of each term. We will share out at the end of the hour. Optional bonus: Using chart paper and colored markers, have students make charts with all their academic vocabulary words on them and hang them around the room for easy reference.
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