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Looking for samples of good informational writing? Check out The River of Doubt . . .

Looking for samples of good informational writing? Check out The River of Doubt . . . | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

2005. New York: Anchor Books (an imprint of Random house). 353 pages.

Features: Extensive notes and bibliography, thorough index, fascinating historical...
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate: Inspiration for informational and persuasive writing via Common Core Standards

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate: Inspiration for informational and persuasive writing via Common Core Standards | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

A new post from Vicki Spandel and the Six-Trait Gurus.  See how 6-Traits vocabulary, mentor texts, and Common Core Standards fit! ~ Dennis

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly 

2009. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 338 pages

Genre: Young adult novel, historical fiction

Ages: Grades 5 through 8

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Informational Writing. Though we don’t always associate fiction with research, the truth is, a good novel usually requires as much research as an informational text. This particular book brims with topics that invite further exploration. Here are just a few. Before doing any informational writing, review with your students some of the characteristics that define good informational writing according to the Common Core Standards (links to specific traits are ours):


A strong and clear main point (IDEAS)


Facts, definitions, concrete details, or other carefully chosen information that supports that main point (IDEAS)


Logical, clear, inviting organizational structure that guides the reader through the piece (ORG)


Thoughtful transitions that connect ideas (ORG)


Precise language that helps make the discussion clear (WORD CHOICE)


A strong introduction that draws readers into the discussion (ORG)


A satisfying conclusion that wraps up the discussion–but leaves a reader thinking (ORG)

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