Third-Graders Explore Informational Writing

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Third-grade students, who have been exploring the craft of informational writing, are creating their own books as part of the Writing Workshop curriculum at F.E. Bellows Elementary School.

“They possess a great deal of knowledge and have delved into the world of writing informational texts, teaching others about what they know,” said third-grade teacher Ann Cullagh, adding that the topics vary depending on the students’ interests. “The students nurture their writing identities and personal passions by sharing their expertise with their readers.”

As part of the unit, the young writers planned for their informational books by generating questions that go with the topic. They also wrote entries with cohesive answers to those questions and carefully considered the sequence of information they need to present to their readers. Throughout the process, the students were encouraged to revise their writing by including precise language and visuals and to make sure their questions and answers align.

“The students worked with their partners to provide more specific, meaningful feedback and get support with their own work,” Cullagh said. 

As a culmination to their informational writing unit, the students will host a writing celebration for their families on Feb. 14. 

Writing Workshop, a K-5 initiative at the Rye Neck Schools, was implemented at the beginning of the school year to engage students in the art of writing and empower them with the tools and confidence to see themselves as writers. Throughout the year, the students participate in five units of study to explore informational, narrative and opinion writing and build upon their writing techniques.