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Writing Framework LibGuide Grade 5: Informational 5 Paragraph Essay

Grade Level Expectations

  • Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically

  • Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic

  • Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases and clauses

  • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic

  • Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented


  • Nouns
  • Pronouns and antecedents
  • Transitions
  • Produce complete sentences
  • Recognize and correct fragments and run-on sentences
  • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement


  • Developing a five paragraph essay format
  • Formulating a thesis statement
  • Leads and endings
  • Establishing a main idea and supporting details
  • Transitions
  • Sentence variety
  • Sentence fluency
  • Organization

Instructional Resources

Study Driven (Katie Wood Ray)

Launching the Writing Workshop, Units of Study for 3-5 (Lucy Calkins)

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide (Fletcher and Portalupi)

Mentor Texts (L. Dorfman and R. Cappelli)

The No Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing (Davis and Hill)

Possible Mentor Texts

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden

Fox by Margaret Wild