Today’s topic is something I’m very passionate about: how to teach kids to write informational text! We’ve done a lot of research on this, which led us to realize: 

Whoa, we have made writing super hard for kids! 

If I were to ask 10 teachers what it means to “develop a topic,” I would probably get 10 different answers. So let’s talk about what it really means to teach kids to develop a topic.

  1. Add details! When you add details to what you write, you establish yourself as an expert.
  1. Add definitions! Definitions give background knowledge to the reader.
  1. Add quotes! Quotes show that your topic is newsworthy.

The next time you’re asking kids to “develop a writing topic,” be sure to tell them that means to add details, definitions, or quotes.

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