Tip: (F)act (D)efinition (D)etail Chart For Writing
How do I do it?
When helping students to develop a topic for writing informative/informational texts, have them organize their information in an FDD chart. Model the following before directing students to work on their own charts. Students list the facts (F) for their topic and underline any important key words that they will need to define. Next, write friendly definitions (D) of each key vocabulary word used in the facts. Finally, students should list any details or explanations related to the facts in the details (D) column. This chart will be an important resource for students as they draft their text.
Variations & Extensions
Students can work in pairs on these charts. Have content picture dictionaries available for language learning students.
Common Core ELA Writing Standard 2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
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