Unit 5: Expository Reading and Writing

We have discussed different types of expository essay in this unit.

Cause and Effects

*Compare and Contrast (Chapter 9) in the packet: Compare cars that use gasoline and electric cars and compare traits parents and their children have

*Problem-solution (today’s activity): Choose one of the two mentor texts on monks and babies in intensive care units.

*Classification (Chapter 8 in the packet)—Group information according to teacher-specified guidelines on a student-created organizer.


You have explored classification and compare and contrast early this week. Today, you will begin the exploration of the problem-solution type of expository essay.

For these types of essays, you have been required to read critically. What is the meaning of critical reading?

Critical reading is an essential strategy to help a reader take apart dense readings and to deepen comprehension by doing the following:

  • Identifying explicit and implicit textual information, including main ideas, overall effect, and any possible “arguments” made by the text.
  • Identifying and evaluating devices the author/writer uses to create tone and support an argument, idea, attitude, or purpose.
  • Drawing and supporting complex inferences from the text to summarize, draw conclusions, and distinguish facts from simple assertions.
  • Identifying and analyzing how an author’s use of language appeals to the senses, creates imagery, and suggests mood.


1. Differentiation: Select one mentor text that appeals to you. Read it criticallyMonks Need to Recruit–Problem-Solution  or An Electronic Eye on Hospital Hand–Problem-Solution

2. Retrieve the problem-solution organizer and provide all required information:  ProbSolution_NYTLN_Assignment

3. Submission: Either print the finished product and submit it physically or electronically through e-mail: franceseohanenye@katyisd.org.

Due date: February 27, 2015