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TLT 410 class 10 Informational Writing



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  • 1. Class #10 Informational and Assessment writing
  • 2. Reminders • Literary analysis is due today, upload it on blackboard by midnight March 26th . • Also on blackboard is an assignment for memoir. It is due April 2nd. It is available for uploading at any time before 4pm on April 2nd.
  • 3. Informational Writing Includes expository and descriptive writing • Expository - to inform, explain, clarify, define, or instruct; no response from reader; strong on organization and ideas Characteristics: focus, logical support, details, explanations, exampl es, coherence
  • 4. Informational Writing Includes expository and descriptive writing • Descriptive - a vivid portrayal of a person, place, or thing; strong on voice and word choice Characteristics: sensory rich language, vivid details, strong use of figurative language
  • 5. Informational Writing Essays Letters Critiques Newsletters Magazine articles Newspaper articles
  • 6. Informational Writing Academic writing/Assessments Short constructed responses – in response to a reading passage • The Hamburger Paragraph model Topic statement or answer sentence Strong details or arguments to support topic statement or answer Restating topic statement or answer again in a different way
  • 7. Informational Writing Academic writing/Assessments • Picture and Poetry prompts – writing in response to a picture or poem, not a description but a reaction Extended Hamburger B|N|A Before the picture Now in the picture After the picture
  • 8. Informational Writing Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen I am thinking of a fairy tale,
where the princess is not
anorexic, wasp-waisted,
flinging herself down the stairs. I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Hansel and Great,
Bounty and the Beast,
where the beauty
has a pillowed breast,
and fingers plump as sausage. I am thinking of a fairy tale
that is not yet written,
for a teller not yet born,
for a listener not yet conceived,
for a world not yet won,
where everything round is good:
the sun, wheels, cookies, and the princess. It was a perfect lift-off.
  • 9. Informational Writing Academic writing/Assessments • Three to Five paragraph essay • Opening - captures reader; focus and main thesis • Middle - provides supportive and intriguing details of thesis • Conclusion - summarizes piece, leaves the reader with a juicy tidbit
  • 10. Informational Writing Academic Writing - Essay types  Picture prompt  Problem/solution   Process Persuasive   Comparative Illustrative   Definition Explorative   Cause/effect Experience  Argumentation  Reflection
  • 11. Informational Writing Teaching informational writing • Prewriting strategies • Focus on main ideas/thesis statements • Providing solid details – finding key points • Down and dirty writing techniques • Working on leads and conclusions • Quick editing techniques • Timing (for assessments)
  • 12. Informational Writing On the wiki page labeled, “Essay Types – Assessment Writing”, you will find 5 essay prompts. For each topic, decide which type of essay would best reflect the purpose of the prompt. Briefly explain your choice and why. Once you have reviewed each prompt, pick one of them and construct an essay. Make sure to do some prewriting as well. If you really want a challenge, complete your prewriting and drafting in 25 minutes (since this is what we expect our students to do)! You will upload your draft on Blackboard and turn in your prewriting during our next class.
  • 13. Partner Biography revisited • First interview should be • Cartoons completed • Graphic organizers • Set up time for next follow up interview (face to face) • Cube analysis • Ideas for multi-genre • Poems project: • Timeline/lifeline • Quotations • Me box or bag • Maps • Me book • Poster • Articles/Essays/Stories • Open Mind portrait • Photos with captions
  • 14. Writing Portfolios Why? • To show growth in writing • To allow for self-reflection and assessment • To represent the best work as a writer • To demonstrate learning
  • 15. Writing Portfolios What? • Table of contents • Writer’s Reflection • A sampleof feedback, revisions, drafts, editing • Representative sampling of writing
  • 16. Writing Portfolio The choice is yours: by next class decide whether you would like to do the wiki project (writing unit) as described on the syllabus or construct your own personal writing portfolio. We may allow for either choice. But as a class, we will together decide on the requirements of the portfolio.
  • 17. For next class • Picture and poetry prompt responses • Upload draft of essay prompt (bring in prewriting) • Face to Face second follow-up interview completed • Decision about portfolio or wiki project • Memoir