Text Based Writing: Nonfiction, Grade 3

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Each unit prepares third-grade students to complete a text-dependent writing prompt with activities that include close reading, vocabulary, and text-dependent questions. Downloadable home–school connection activities help to extend learning at home.

Ideal for preparing your third-grade students for state writing assessments and meeting new standards, this series offers scaffolded text-based writing practice with essential nonfiction writing forms, such as:
· Compare and contrast
· Sequence
· Explanatory
· Informative
· Cause and effect
· Opinion
· Argument

The 15 units provide activities that prepare students to complete text-dependent writing prompts.

Each unit begins with a unit focus and lesson checklist to guide students through the learning path, which includes:
· a dictionary page that introduces content words
· close reading of a leveled nonfiction article
· text-dependent comprehension questions to support understanding
· a graphic organizer to help students organize information from the article and plan their writing
· a text-dependent writing prompt

Teachers will appreciate these additional resources and features!
· Downloadable home–school connection activities and projects help teachers encourage learning at home.
· Common Core State Standards correlations are located on each unit for easy reference.
· The reading level is provided to help identify appropriate texts.
· The suggested learning path helps teachers pace the lesson, and makes scaffolding easy!

The leveled nonfiction reading selections cover:
· Biographies
· Health articles
· Science articles
· Social studies articles

Better Together! Nonfiction Writing and Text-Based Writing: Nonfiction

Nonfiction Writing introduces students to the elements of expository, narrative, and persuasive writing, while Text-Based Writing asks students to practice these nonfiction writing forms in text-dependent paragraphs and essays.