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  • Writer's pictureSaresha Zentner

Biography Writing - An Effective, (No Prep!) Informative Writing Unit

Are you looking for an engaging way to teach Informative Writing?

Are you not sure how to teach the Common Core standards for Informative Writing?

I was, too. I didn’t know how to pack all of that important information into a small mini lesson or how to support my students in the writing process.

I have created these Informative Writing lesson plans just for teachers like you. They will guide you and your students through the entire writing process from Researching to Publishing. This unit includes everything you need!

Students love picking an important person to research for this writing project. This is such an easy way to give your students CHOICE while teaching writing.

I have made it super easy for you to teach an effective Informative Writing unit with NO PREP!

With this unit, you will be able to relax and use my teacher slideshow to help you teach those mini-lessons. You will be able to focus on helping your students during their write time and conferring with them on each day’s mini-lesson.

This unit is all about Biographies. Students will pick a person to research. They will take notes from reliable websites and books and then use those notes to create their own biography writing. Everything you need is included in the unit!

Here’s what I have included in this unit:

•Access to Google Drive Documents

•Applicable Standards

•Teacher Directions and Lesson Walkthroughs

•Teacher Slideshow

•Note Taking Page

•Drafting Page

•Introduction and Conclusion Page

•Revision Checklist

•Editing Checklist


•Conferring Form

•Example Writing

The Best Part? All of the documents are included as PDFs and PPT/Word. You can edit these pages to fit your classroom OR you can use them as PDFS as is.

Are you doing Distance Learning or Hybrid Learning? Good news! All of the student documents are included as Google Slide documents and are ready for you to assign to your Google Classroom.

My students love the CHOICE this unit provides and it is amazing to see their writing progress through the mini lessons.

Interested in learning more? You can click here to view this unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Do you have any questions? Let me know below!

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