Below are some of the homework templates and explanations of the two types of writing your child will be learning. If your child forgets his or her homework sheet at school, please print the relevant one (expository or narrative) below and hand it in.

EXPOSITORY WRITING


STOPLIGHT TEMPLATE FOR 8-SENTENCE PARAGRAPH (3rd grade)



STOPLIGHT TEMPLATE FOR 10-SENTENCE PARAGRAPH (4th grade)


STOPLIGHT TEMPLATE FOR 12-SENTENCE PARAGRAPH (5th grade)



Explanation of Stoplight Colors



Below is a blank stoplight for 4th and 5th grades



Expository Example
The following is an example of an 8-sentence paragraph composition:
Pandas

My favorite animal is the Giant Panda for two reasons. First of all, I like the panda because it looks so cute and cuddly. The panda's black and white body colors are simple, make it stand out, and look soft. Its sad looking face makes me want to hug it and make it happy. In addition, I am fond of the giant panda because it is endangered. There are less than 2,000 pandas left living in the wild, and 250 living in zoos. We all should try to preserve the animals, like the panda, that are in danger of extinction. Clearly, the Giant Panda is the animal I like best.



NARRATIVE WRITING

Below you will find a narrative flow chart example as well as a list of qualities of a narrative.

If you lose your blank flow map, you can use the one below. Just print it out after you're done and hand it in!