Informational Writing

Informational Writing

Informational Writing

Opening

Write a brief response to this question.

  • What do you know about informational writing?

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Share your knowledge with the class.

Benchmark (Cold Write): Informational

Work Time

Now you will write your informational piece. Remember that an informational piece is a text that gives facts and information about a topic. It can also be writing that explains something.

You will have 20 minutes to write your informational piece.

  • Write a brief informational piece in response to the prompt.

 

Your Favorite Passage

Work Time

Now that you’ve read two acts in total, you’re ready to begin some close analysis of smaller passages.

  • First, look through the play and your Much Ado About Nothing Dialectical Journal entries to find one of your favorite brief passages from act 1 or 2. It doesn’t have to be any longer than two or three lines.
  • This passage can be one that has beautiful language, is deep with multiple meanings, contains a universal truth, or is a great example of humor.
  • This activity can help you begin to think about what passage you’d like to perform.
  • Your teacher will give you a note card. Put your name on the top of the card. Write your passage on the card. Make sure to identify the passage with act, scene, and line numbers.

Somebody Else?s Favorite Passage

Work Time

Your teacher will shuffle the cards and redistribute them, one to each student. No one will get his or her own card.

Carefully review the passage that you are given, and answer the following questions.

  • What is happening in this passage?
  • Why do you suppose a classmate chose this passage?
  • What stands out to you about this passage?

Remember, you can go back to the play to put this passage in context.

Your Class's Passages

Work Time

Now share what you wrote about your classmate’s passage. Your teacher will go first, and then, one by one, each student will present his or her passage to the class.

As you listen, consider the following and respond in writing.

  • Did any of your classmates pick the same passages? Which passages?
  • Are you surprised by any of their choices?
  • Pay special attention when your passage is read. Did your classmate discover anything about it that you hadn’t thought of?
  • If you hear another passage you like, be sure to make a note of the act, scene, and lines.

 

Your Favorite Passage, Part Two

Closing

Consider your own passage once more. By now, you’ve heard one of your classmates read and analyze it. Record your responses in a Quick Write.

  • Did you gain a better understanding of the passage when it was read aloud and discussed in depth?
  • Did you hear something in the text that you missed when you read it the first time?
  • Did something your classmate said raise any questions for you?

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Character Analysis Perfect Paragraph

Homework

Listen as your teacher explains the Perfect Paragraph.

Write a draft of your character analysis Perfect Paragraph. You’ll submit your paragraph during the next lesson.

Before you begin writing, choose a character to analyze, and consider the following questions to help you decide what claim you’d like to make.

  • What has this character said or done that you find most interesting?
  • What do you think this speech or action shows about him or her?
  • What would your character say he or she wants the most? Would that be the same thing that you think he or she wants?
  • Now, using the Perfect Paragraph instructions, write a draft of a Perfect Paragraph analyzing one of the characters in Much Ado About Nothing .

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