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Writing Framework LibGuide Grade 5: Feature Article

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


Text features:




Bullets; Offsets;

Text Boxes;

Color Ink;


Bold Font;


All Capital Letters


“to inform readers about something they never realized could be so complex and interesting”

  • Note-taking
  • Headline/topic writing
  • Leads/Conclusions
  • Details – ways to include
  • Caption Writing
  • Hierarch (most to least important)
  • Creating simple and/or complex sentences for clarity
  • Transitional phrases

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)