Expository Writing on the iPad

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2a
      Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs
      and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and
      multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2b
      Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details,
      quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2c Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2e Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Expository writing and Virtual Field Trips

1. Figure out what you want to teach. Always start there. Always. If
kids are exploring different states for example, what do
you want them to showcase. This can include a historical site, a
cultural site, an important economic stop, politics stop, etc.

   Geographical Site  Why it is important  Where I got my information

Once you have the criteria the next step would be for the kids to
research the elements that you decided on.

  • Upload a graphic organizer to your website, Google Drive or Drop Box
  • Have students download the worksheet.

3. Next they would have to research and choose five locations that “symbolize” each of your criteria in their country.

4. Model with students how to fill out a graphic organizer

5. Google Earth on the iPad
doesn’t allow you to pinpoint or build maps. It does however keep
search history. We can use this to our advantage. The kids would
basically build a rough draft of their “field trip.

they have five finalized sites they clear the history. They can search
for the five sites. When it is time to present in front of the class
they will be able to quickly navigate the search history.

7. You and the other students could then offer feedback on the presentations using a rubric you created .

8.As your final assignment the kids could then write a multiple source expository piece about their field trip.

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Google Earth on the Ipad How-Two Guide


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