Introducing a Topic/Formatting


Constructed response and extended writing are two important skills that students need to master in order to be successful in school and beyond. This lesson plan will help students learn to differentiate between the two types of writing and determine the purpose and structure of a text.

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Our Introducing a Topic/Formatting lesson plan teaches students how to structure an essay and how to introduce a topic that they are writing about. During this lesson, students are asked to practice separating example essays into paragraphs, requiring them to identify topic sentences and the natural breaks in a piece of writing. Students are also asked to put the pieces of an essay (such as the conclusion, header, body paragraph, and topic sentence) in order, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson material.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to differentiate between constructed response and extended writing, determine the structure and purpose of a text, and know how to use informational text features such as headings and illustrations.

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4th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.