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Informative Writing Step-by-Step (Year-Long Codebreaker Writing Prompts)

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If you need an engaging way to teach informative writing, look no further than this step-by-step codebreaker unit!

Perfect for elementary teachers and homeschoolers alike, this LOW PREP resource covers the five steps of informative writing—research and brainstorming; main points and support; introduction and conclusion; draft, edit, and revise; and final draft—using a cross-curricular approach and national awareness months theme.

Each day's lesson addresses one step. Differentiated graphic organizers—primary lines, regular lines, and no lines—are included to match the student's handwriting skill level.


  • Writing lessons or centers
  • English language arts (ELA), history, or social studies class
  • Bellringers
  • Morning work
  • Emergency sub plans
  • ...or just for fun!


  • Teacher instructions
  • 48 weekly informative writing prompts (awareness month-themed codebreakers)
  • Monthly codebreaker keys and QR codes for further research
  • Descriptive, how-to/sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and problem and solution research graphic organizers (3 differentiated levels)
  • Step-by-step informative writing graphic organizers (3 differentiated levels)
  • Optional interactive notebook option
  • 100 common adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions
  • Sentence starters and transitions
  • BONUS DOWNLOAD: Anchor charts, writing rubrics, and student bookmarks
Help your students become expert informative writers! Whether you're looking for an introduction to informative writing or an assessment of prior knowledge, this resource has something for everyone.


  • Art (drawing and coloring)
  • Critical thinking
  • English language arts
  • Grammar
  • History
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Science
  • Spelling
  • Social studies
  • Writing
You will get a PDF (8MB) file

Terms of Use: This product is licensed for personal or classroom use ONLY, unless multiple licenses are purchased. Commercial use is not allowed. Refunds: All sales are final and non-refundable due to the immediate access to digital products.

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