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Step-by-Step Informative Writing | 310 May Prompts

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

Perfect for upper 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 May 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.


  • Unit studies
  • Writing lessons or centers
  • Science, social studies, or history class
  • ...or just for fun!


  • Teacher instructions
  • 310 informative May writing prompts covering 1 historical event and 1 fun "national day" each calendar day
  • Differentiated mix-and-match research graphic organizers (3 levels)
  • Differentiated descriptive, how-to/sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and problem and solution graphic organizers (3 levels)
  • Differentiated step-by-step informative writing graphic organizers (3 levels)
  • Informative writing instructions and checklists
  • Sentence starters and transitions
  • BONUS DOWNLOAD: Anchor charts, writing rubrics, and student bookmarks


  • Print or project the day's informative writing prompts
  • Students pick or are assigned one of the 10 daily writing prompt options
  • Students research their assigned topic (individually or in small groups)
  • Starting with research and brainstorming, students complete one informative writing step each day
  • Students present their final draft—orally or using the included graphic organizers—in response to the assigned writing prompt

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)
  • English language arts
  • Grammar
  • History
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Spelling
  • Writing
You will get a PDF (4MB) 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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