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How to Teach English Language Learners Informational Writing?

Informational writing is all about conveying facts, ideas, and explanations in a clear and structured way. For ELLs, they not only need to build their writing skills but also enhance their language proficiency. However, with the right strategies and a sprinkle of creativity, we can make this adventure an enjoyable one for both you and your ELLs.

In addition, we’ve got fantastic resources to share with you along the way – sentence frame templates & graphic organizers, and writing posters that’ll provide your ELLs with enough scaffolding and support.

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Informational Writing Sentence Frame Templates & Graphic Organizers

Here’s the first gem in our toolkit: Sentence frame templates and graphic organizers. Picture them as trusty guides that follow the roadmap of an informational essay.

Sentence Frame Templates

These templates provide ELLs with a structured way to craft sentences, paragraphs, and eventually an essay. It’s like having a conversation partner whispering, “Why should people read about it? Please use one of the sentence frames below.” With prompts like, “If you have not _______, you may want to keep reading because you will learn ____________from my essay.

Students fill in the blanks with their content, making the writing process feel like a friendly chat. Besides, there is a variety of sentence frames for students to choose from.

informational writing introduction template

Graphic Organizers

These handy tools help students add text features to their informational writing. Specifically, students will plan their cover, title, table of contents, glossary, index, etc. with graphic organizers like the one below. As you can see, the textboxes help students organize their text features while the prompts tell them what to do.

informational writing text features
informational writing text features

Informational Writing Posters: Hooks/Leads and Conclusions

Every great story starts with an exciting beginning and ends with a memorable conclusion. In fact, ELLs might sometimes struggle with crafting these hooks and conclusions. That’s where our posters come in.

Hooks/Leads Posters: Imagine having a handy collection of ways to grab your readers’ attention. These posters offer various types of hooks, like asking a question or sharing an intriguing fact. Visual inspiration at its finest, these posters make creating engaging introductions a breeze.

informational writing hooks
informational writing conclusion

Conclusion Posters: Just as important as the beginning, a stellar conclusion leaves a lasting impression. The conclusion posters showcase different techniques, such as summarizing key points, giving a call to action, or sharing feelings. ELLs can revisit these posters anytime for guidance on creating impactful conclusions.

Additional Tips for Teaching ELLs Informational Writing

  • Model Writing: Show ELLs the ropes with sample essays. Discuss the structure, content, and language, adding transition words to enhance clarity.
  • Peer Review: Encourage peer review sessions, where students provide feedback on each other’s work. It promotes collaboration and language development.
  • Individualized Support: Remember, every ELL is unique. Tailor your support to meet their specific language proficiency levels by having individual writing conferences.

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