In this activity, students write informative/explanatory texts describing individuals in world history. This self-paced module is aligned to College and Career Ready Standards for Literacy in Social Studies/ History Frameworks.
This module contains several interactive features. Watch the Learn How to Use this Module tutorial to familiarize yourself with these features.
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- Grade band: 9-10
- Readability level: Lexile Level 1320L
WHST.9-10.2 - Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
2a Write informative/ explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
2b Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
2c Use varied transitions and sentence structures to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic and convey a style appropriate to the discipline and context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.
2e Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
2f Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
- Topic: Women in Modern World History
- Completion time: 80-90 minutes (Please note that in order to address the writing standards, the module is particularly intensive with regard to readings and activities and may require a longer completion time.)
- Vocabulary: Visit the Glossary page or click on words highlighted within the module for a narrated definition.
Student Resources for this Module
In this module, students are provided with links to external websites. The sites have been chosen for their content and grade-level appropriateness. Efforts are made to minimize linking to websites that contain advertisements or comments, but some of these websites may contain these features. Teachers should preview all websites before introducing the activities to students and adhere to their school system's policy for Internet use. In addition, multimedia on these externally linked sites may not be accessible to all users, such as those individuals requiring a screen reader or using a tablet.
Click on the links to for more information about the following topics on writing informative texts:
Researching a topic: Student Writing Tips: Research: Gathering Information through Researchopens in new window
Informative Writing Tips: Student Writing Tips: Inform/Explain: Writing to Inform or Explainopens in new window
A list of transition words: Transitional Words and Phrasesopens in new window
Examples of cause and effect, problem and solution, and compare and contrast texts from the N.Y. Times: Compare-Contrast, Cause-Effect, Problem-Solution: Common 'Text Types' in The Timesopens in new window
Writing thesis statements: Thesis Statements
Teaching Resources for this Module
Using This Site
This lesson is built for use on classroom computers and tablets. If you have access to a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, you may complete the lesson in your classroom. Otherwise, you will need to schedule time to use your school's computer lab. For technical specifications, see below.
Some activities on this site may include videos and narration, so you may want to have headphones available for students working at individual stations. For best results in viewing the videos and interactives, you should have a high-speed, stable Internet connection.
This lesson may contain PDFs for students to complete. They can print the PDFs and fill them out by hand, or download the files and fill them out on the computer. Most or all portions can be filled out online. Please check with your Instructional Technology Specialist for instructions on downloading the PDF. (Note that to complete the PDFs on the computer, you will need a viewer, such as Adobe Reader, that supports forms.)
This site is an Internet-based activity, and it was built to run on the following computer operating systems and browsers:
- Windows 7 or Newer: IE 8, 9, 10, 11; Current version of Chrome; Current version of Firefox
- Mac OS 10.7 or Newer: Current version of Safari
- iPad2/iOS6 or Newer: Current version of Safari
- Android 4.0 or Newer: Current version of Android browser
- Chromebook: Current version of Chrome
Users running Internet Explorer 8 will not be able to use the highlighter tool. Instead, teachers should consider partnering students for a brief discussion.
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