Write expository texts about a topic, using a source, providing facts and a sense of closure.


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General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 1
Strand: Communication
Date Adopted or Revised: 08/20
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5010042: Language Arts - Grade One (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
7710012: Access Language Arts - Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5011010: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
5010101: Introduction to Debate Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5010012: English for Speakers of Other Languages Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2021 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
ELA.1.C.1.AP.4: Write an expository text about a topic, using a source, to provide facts.

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Lesson Plans

I Pledge Allegiance- What Is It About? :

This is lesson #4 in the unit, I Pledge Allegiance by Bill Martin, Jr. In this lesson students will learn to identify the topic of a text and recall relevant details using the text, I Pledge Allegiance.  Students then use the information gained to write an expository piece about how to show respect for the flag and our country during the Pledge of Allegiance.

In this unit students will identify or explain rights and responsibilities in their school community, ways to show respect during the Pledge of Allegiance, symbols of the United States, symbols that represent Florida and demonstrate characteristics of responsible decision-making. Students will engage in a read aloud over several days with lessons that emphasize text features, vocabulary, central idea, and similarities and differences between information provided visually and within text. In addition, the teacher will facilitate research, students' presentations, and artwork as activities to help students demonstrate their knowledge of respect for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

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A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin: Lesson 5:Extra! Extra! Read All About Ben!:

Students will apply newly learned relevant details about Benjamin Franklin’s life, which includes his contributions to society such as his innovations through science and his printing press, to write facts in the form of a newspaper article, in this lesson.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

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Patriotism on Memorial Day:

This lesson will define patriotism and explain how citizens can demonstrate patriotic behaviors during patriotic holidays, such as Memorial Day. The students will learn that people who display courage and bravery, like soldiers, deserve patriotic appreciation from their country.

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I Am Responsible:

Students will write about one of their responsibilities as a citizen at their school. In this lesson, students will discuss their role in contributing to a positive school community and create a class list of ways they can actively demonstrate their responsibilities. Students will then write a short explanation of one way that they can be a responsible member of their school community.


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Chameleon Mix Up:

The teacher will read the stories The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle and Chameleons, Chameleons by Joy Crowley. Students will use the texts as research to answer and discuss the question, “What kind of habitat is good for chameleons?” Students will be assigned to write an expository response about a chameleon’s habitat and draw a habitat for a chameleon.

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I Learned about Shells!:

Through the use of nonfiction text, students will gather information from the text, create a KEL (Know/Expect to Know/Learned) chart, and participate in small group discussions. Students will use the information learned to create an expository writing piece about shell animals.

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The Big, Bad Wolves:

In this lesson, students will read two versions of the classic fairy tale, the Three Little Pigs, as they identify and describe the characteristics of the wolf character. They will then complete a Venn Diagram to determine the similarities and differences in the characteristics of the two wolf characters. Students will complete a writing response that describes the wolf characters evidence from the text and providing a sense of closure.

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