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Writing Informational Paragraphs

May 2, 2023 | Cindy Kuperus

Second and third graders are learning how to write informational paragraphs.

One of the third grade English/Language Arts standards is this:

3.W.8: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Recently, third graders researched a species of butterfly online. They filled out a chart with its wing span, habitats, and a few other facts of interest.

They used this information to write informational paragraphs, practicing the ELA standards written here:

3.W.2.a  Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.

3.W.2.b  Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

3.W.2.c  Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.

3.W.2.d  Provide a concluding statement or section.

A first draft was written, and students edited it for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling errors.

Then a teacher checked it, and the student was ready to write a final copy! Each student added a drawing and a title, and they backed the page with a color of their choice.

Second grade students have a similar ELA standard: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Similar to third grade, second grade students produced an introduction sentence for a topic, wrote down at least 3 facts to support and explain the topic, and then wrote a conclusion sentence.

Students first saw an example informational piece about a narwhal.  Then, they wrote about a well-known person. Later on, they got to write about a topic of their own choosing, and now they are writing one on their change maker’s challenges.

After writing, they edited and revised.  Take a look at some of their work!

writing on Alexander Graham Bell

writing about dragon fish

writing about Roblox


Ask your child what makes an informational writing piece!  See if they remember the parts of one!

Cindy Kuperus

Teacher, Grades 3&4

Ms. Kuperus attended a small Lutheran grade school and has always been a student in multi-grade classrooms. She became interested in teaching, in fact, when she would assist classmates when the teacher was busy helping others. Her 5th/6th grade teacher, Mrs. Roman, encouraged her to think broadly about the world beyond their small town (population: 500), giving stickers to those who could answer a question from the World News segment from television the night before. She would be thrilled to learn that Ms. Kuperus has taught internationally in Masaya, Nicaragua, and Chengdu,China.

After graduating from Calvin College, Ms. Kuperus taught students in grades two-six for almost 10 years in Kentwood, Michigan. In 1994, Ms. Kuperus sought a teaching position in a school in the Northeast, anywhere but New Jersey. She’s now taught for over 23 years in NEW JERSEY! Two of her former students, Becca Brasser and Sam Martino, are now on staff at MSS.

Ms. Kuperus loves opportunities to travel, interact with the people, and taste the foods of the world. She’s also a person who ‘travels” with the characters in the books she reads!

It’s important to Ms. Kuperus that people’s voices are heard and that their needs for shelter and food are met. To that end, she volunteers for organizations like First Friends and the Sharing Place.

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