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Info Expo

Carol Rine
A.C. Mosley High School (Bay District Schools)


While working in cooperative groups, students research a topic for an expository report. Students then work collaboratively to write, edit, and revise the report to produce a polished research paper. Following the group effort, students work independently to test their newly acquired research and report writing skills. Please note that this unit can be scaled up or down to meet the needs of teachers of various grade levels or across many subject areas.


Can you help me write a research paper?


The planned duration of this activity is 33 days.

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Summative Assessment 3     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

Fact or Fiction--What Is Expository Writing?
This is the first lesson in a unit on expository writing called Info Expo. Students take a pre-test, compare and contrast various forms of writing with a Venn diagram, and explore the various formats for expository writing.

Information Sensation!
This is the second lesson in a unit on expository writing. Students are brought up to speed on narrowing the topic, conducting research, and creating source cards. Students practice recording bibliographic information in a research scavenger hunt.

Information Shuffle
This is the fifth lesson in an expository writing unit. Students are set loose to explore, examine, and evaluate information for a research topic. Ultimately, students shuffle and physically sort their note cards into an organizational pattern for writing.

No Plagiarism, Please!
This is the third lesson in a unit on expository writing. Instruction provides boundaries for taking notes by differentiating between paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing. Students practice writing note cards.

Those Baffling Bibliographies!
This is the fourth lesson in a unit on expository writing. Instruction guides students in using source cards to create a Works Cited list for a report.

Collaborative Compositions
This is the final lesson in an expository writing unit. Students are set loose to develop, draft, and elucidate information for a research topic. Students work collaboratively to write a paper as practice for the final task of writing their own papers.

Web Links

Students organize and group related ideas.
Prewriting Trail Tactics

Students compare primary and secondary sources.
If You've Seen one Source, You've Seen Them All, Right?

Students model, instruct, and practice narrowing a topic for expository writing.
Information Elimination

Students develop a sense of beginning by using strong leads.
Trailblazing Introductions

Students choose an appropriate format for writing.
Which Writing Is Right?

Students practice paraphrasing in this interactive Student Web Lesson.
Paraphrase Craze

Students use notecards to collect information.
Bibliography Blunders

Students develop a sense of ending by using closure and thought-provoking statements.
Trailblazing Conclusions

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