Module 30: Writing Information - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit, students will learn how to write a conclusion or concluding paragraph for an informational report. Students will learn how transitional words and phrases can make connections among ideas more apparent. Students will learn how to provide feedback on a peer's informational report. Students will learn how to improve a written draft using feedback from peer reviewers and other readers, as well as their own knowledge as writers.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 10: Practice 3 None
2 Conclusions independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Transitional Tags independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Peer Reviewing Information word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.
printer and scanner (optional)
independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Revising Informational Reports independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 10: Practice 3
2 Conclusions
  1. Provide an effective conclusion for an informational report.
3 Transitional Tags
  1. Revise an informational report, adding words and phrases that signal transitions from one idea to another.
4 Peer Reviewing Information
  1. Apply peer review strategies to informational writing.
5 Revising Informational Reports
  1. Use feedback from peers to improve a written draft.
  2. Revise and edit an informational report.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
transitional tags
informational report
peer review

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Conclusions 4 Informational Report Conclusion Assignment
3 Transitional Tags 5 Transitional Tags Assignment
4 Peer Reviewing Information 6 Peer Reviewing Information Assignment
5 Revising Informational Reports 6 Revising Informational Reports Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 10: Practice 3 To prepare for the Spelling 10: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Conclusions
3 Transitional Tags
4 Peer Reviewing Information
5 Revising Informational Reports

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
  1. What is a conclusion?
Transitional Tags
  1. What are transitional tags?
Peer Reviewing Information
  1. What is involved in a peer review?
Revising Informational Reports
  1. What is involved in revising writing?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Transitional Tags Transitions and Connections
  1. What are transitional tags?
  2. Why do writers use them?
  3. What are examples of transitional tags?
Peer Reviewing Information Peer Review
  1. What elements do you look at when conducting a peer review of a writing piece?
  2. What do you look for in the structure of the writing?
  3. What do you look for when reviewing the style of writing?
Peer Reviewing Information Reviewing Your Writing: Sacagawea
  1. What questions should you ask when reviewing your writing?
  2. What are some important things to remember when reviewing a friend's writing?
Revising Informational Reports Revising
  1. What is revising?
  2. What questions should you ask yourself while revising your writing?
Revising Informational Reports Writing and Revising
  1. When revising your writing what specific things should you check for?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing