Expository Writing Common Core K-6

This is the progression of skills that are included in the Common Core for Expository Writing.

CCR Anchor Standard 2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Grade Grade-Specific Standard
Kindergarten Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Grade 1 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Grade 2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Grade 3 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

a.  Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.

b.  Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

c.  Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.

d.  Provide a concluding statement or section.

Grade 4 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.

Grade 5 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

a.  Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; 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 and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).

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.

Grade 6 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

a.  Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

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

c.  Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

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

e.  Establish and maintain a formal style.

f.   Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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