Informational Writing Unit | Terrific Writing Third Grade Curriculum Unit 3


Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for third grade. This 3rd grade writing unit is where your students will learn how to write engaging informational writing pieces.


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Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for Third Grade. This curriculum is standards based (to the common core) and genre based. This is Unit 3, a 3rd grade informational writing unit. Students will learn how to write engaging informative writing pieces.


Are you struggling to teach writing? Do your students hate writing lessons?


Teaching writing can be so tricky, I get it!

Well don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.


In this curriculum, your students will develop a love of writing. As a result of the graphic organizers, interactive notebook, and final ‘all about’ book, students will be engaged. For example, students research fun topics such as dinosaurs and outer space!


Writing doesn’t have to be dull and students definitely shouldn’t hate writing!


Are you short on time?

This 5 week 3rd grade informational writing unit has EVERYTHING you need. Because let’s be honest, teachers are time poor.

Let’s get your evenings and weekends back, my friend! So, take a break from lesson planning and searching for engaging materials. It’s all right here.


What’s included in this unit?

  • 25 step-by-step scripted lesson plans
  • 19 posters
  • 19 graphic organizers / worksheets
  • 1 interactive notebook and 1 ‘all about’ book
  • 3 original mentor texts (PowerPoint versions and PDF in color and b&w)
  • 24 tasks cards extension activities (2 versions – b&w, color)
  • 1 assessment rubric


So, the lessons follow a simple format. There’s the mini lesson, think and share, and, finally, the independent writing time.


Here’s everything else that’s included in this unit –

  • Firstly, there is a video overview to help organize and implement the unit.
  • Secondly, there’s a list of common core standards that align with this unit.
  • Thirdly, there’s teacher directions for the lesson plans.
  • Also, there’s suggestions for differentiation and lesson times.
  • After that, there’s a list of recommended mentor texts (with links).
  • Also, there’s a unit scope and at-a-glance calendar.
  • And there’s a lesson materials list.
  • Student book/folder cover (3 versions – journal, notebook, or folder).
  • 1 writing prompt pre-assessment.
  • 2 lined pages (for first drafts).
  • 2 checklists.
  • 1 set of compliment notes (2 versions – b&w, color).
  • 1 certificate (2 versions – b&w, color).
  • Also, there’s teacher directions, examples, and elaborations for the rubric.
  • Lastly, there is a video with tips for using the rubric.


Here’s a breakdown of the lessons –

First, students learn about informational writing in general.

Lessons 1-5:

  • What is informational writing?
  • Is it informational writing?
  • I am an expert
  • Narrowing the topic
  • Choosing subtopics

After that, students learn about dinosaurs.

Lessons 6-10:

  • Dinosaur definitions
  • Finding facts
  • Supporting details
  • Planning time
  • All about dinosaurs

Students then also learn about outer space.

Lessons 11-15:

  • Let’s research
  • Paraphrasing
  • Let’s use paragraphs
  • Illustrations and annotations
  • All about planets

Finally, students research a country.

Lessons 16-25:

  • It’s time for research
  • Making a plan
  • Introduce your topic
  • Linking words
  • Table of contents
  • Time for a closing
  • Putting it all together
  • Revise, edit, and add more detail
  • Final draft
  • Publishing party
This PDF is a digital download. You will recevie a zip file upon purchase.

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