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I would use these writing prompts to have students practice expository writing. I would write at the top of the sheet "Write to explain..." and let the students choose their writing prompt.

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Writing prompts for the whole year! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Polka-Dot-Design-Writing-Bundle-823458
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25 Winter Writing Prompts

This post has fun winter prompts to help your kids write creatively. Can be used as a whole class activity, for writing journals, in writing centers, or even as homework.

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Create-an-Animal or Create-a-Plant! Excellent activity for higher level thinking! 4th Grade Science! TEXT FEATURES!!!

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Debate or writing folder topics. Persuasive/opinion prompts that kids can actually relate to!

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Informative Writing

Informative writing for upper elementary students. This informational writing unit was designed to introduce upper grade students to the genre of informative or expository writing. It also walks students through writing their first informative essay. Perfect for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

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Common Core Writing Prompts for the 4 Types of Writing (expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive).  Includes anchor chart for each writing type, common core writing standards for grades 3-5, editing checklist, writing prompts, label and directions for your jar, writing paper templates!

Center Jar Common Core Writing Prompts for the 4 Types of Writing- Upper Grades

Common Core Writing Prompts for the 4 Types of Writing (expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive). Includes anchor chart for each writing type, common core writing standards for grades 3-5, editing checklist, writing prompts, label and directions for your jar, writing paper templates!

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Cafe 1123: writer's notebook...really awesome examples of writers notebook pages. plus blog posts are detailed about implementing writers notebook process in her classroom. good source for lots of ideas

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