English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
  • Grade 12 ELA
  • Groups
  • Reports
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    Informational Rubric & Detailed Outline

    Informational Rubric & Detailed Outline


    In this lesson, you'll work with a partner to brainstorm ideas for research for your report. You'll review the Informational rubric and write a detailed outline.

    In this lesson, students will work with a partner to brainstorm ideas for research for their report. They’ll review the Grade 12 Informational Writing Rubric and write a detailed outline.


    • Read the lesson and student content.
    • Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.
    • If possible, prepare research ideas for some of the issues students will be writing about.

    Research Brainstorm

    • Allow students time to share their topics and to suggest ideas for research.
    • Make sure you have received topics from all students.
    • If you see an issue that is inappropriate or inadequate, help the student choose something else.
    • If possible, provide research ideas for some of the issues students will be writing about.


    Share with a partner the issue you have chosen for your report.

    • Brainstorm with your partner about what kind of research you will need to do to explain the issue adequately.
    • Discuss where you will research.
    • Formulate any questions or requests for your teacher, and make sure both of you have approval for your issues.

    Open Notebook


    • Circulate through the room to assist and encourage students in their research. Let them know this is the only class time available for research.
      • SWD: It is very important that SWDs be supported while doing research. Be sure you have time to help them scaffold or organize their research if needed.
    • Make sure all students have settled on a topic.

    Work Time

    Research your issue.

    • Try to find something similar to your Independent Reading book and see how the issues have evolved into the present time.

    Informational Writing Rubric

    • Briefly review the criteria for writing an informational report. In addition to what’s suggested, you could emphasize what you expect on the basis of students’ past performance in writing reports.

    Work Time

    With your teacher, review the features of the Grade 12 Informational Writing Rubric:

    • Introduction : There are two obvious ways to introduce the report. You can write about the issue, explain why it is important, and define terms, or you can use your summary of your Independent Reading book.
    • Organization : Think about the order in which you will present your ideas. Do you need to write subtitles for different sections of the report? Where will you fit in multimedia features?
    • Development : Include facts, details, examples, and so forth, to support your information.
    • Vocabulary : Use precise and formal language. Even though these reports are for your classmates, this type of writing should not be chatty or informal. Use transition words to connect ideas within a paragraph and definitely between sections of the report.
    • Closure : Write about the implications of your issue for the present time. You might even suggest what’s to be done about it.


    • Let students know you want a detailed outline at the beginning of Lesson 26. Make suggestions if needed.
      • ELL: Encourage students to ask for help. If you notice that some ELLs are not starting their outline, or that they are writing with too many distractions, find out what is happening. If you find out that the ELLs are having trouble starting, work with them to support them, or pair them with a student who can get them going and support them throughout the process.


    Start an outline.

    • Begin writing a detailed plan for your report. Gather the resources you need to write a draft of the essay during Lesson 26.

    Report Assignment

    • Check in with any students who are struggling.


    Keep working on your report.

    • Continue your research.
    • Finish your detailed outline.