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Teaching Expository and Persuasive Texts

These resources present instructional writing practices that support content-area learning with specific strategies for teaching the thinking skills, processes, and knowledge needed to effectively write a variety of expository and persuasive texts in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Some of the content is from the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies: Focus on Writing professional development.

Click the links below to view the resources in this series in the Texas Gateway. The series can be viewed as a single binder here.

Formal Writing Across the Content Areas

Writing Expository Text Summaries

Writing Expository Essays

Writing Persuasive Essays


The Online Resource Companion Workbook contains the complete set of handouts referenced in the series of resources above.  The workbook is to be used in conjunction with the resources to support and enhance the learning of participants as they work through the series. It is available for download by clicking the button below.

Teaching Expository and Persuasive Texts Online Resource Companion Workbook