Expository Writing

Writing: W.4.2; W.5.2


graphed mapProvide each student with a sheet of graph paper and instruct her to draw a map that shows the route she takes from school to her home each day. Have her include icons and a map key to represent the school, her home, and any main landmarks along the way. Next, have the student write an expository essay describing how to get to her house from school. Once the essay is completed, project the child’s map and use your finger or a pencil to carefully trace the route as she reads her directions aloud to the class.

Home school parents could modify this assignment by asking students to mark the route to their friends house or the park.


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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