My Dirty Dog: My Informative Essay book cover. Girl holding her dog.

Are your students struggling to write informative essays? The Common Core requires informative essays starting in first grade with a how-to essay. After that informative essays (or expository essays) are required writing every year.

Author Darcy Pattison draws on her many years of professional writing and experience teaching professional development classes in The Read and Write series of books to help students write better.

Informative Essay Printables – Simple & Fun to Teach

In Book 4, Darcy turns her attention to informative writing. Students will be entranced by the ongoing story of cousins Dennis and Mellie as they interact with their pet dogs and their family. This time, it’s Grandma’s birthday and the family goes to the K-9 Karnival. While there, the cousins learn about their dog breeds and give their dirty dogs a bath. Later, at home, Mellie write a how-to essay about dog baths while Dennis write an informative essay about groups of dog breeds. These mentor texts are perfect for the elementary class who is learning to write informative essays, how to essays, or expository essays.

To make it even easier for teachers, we offer free printables. They makes the books into a complete lesson plan! Fill out the form below to receive the printables. The book is available now for PREORDER on many platforms. By next week, it should be available everywhere.

The Read and Write Series : Essay Writing Made Simple for Elementary Classrooms. Book covers for I Want a Dog, I Want a Cat, My Crazy Dog, and My Dirty Dog


Hurrah for Essays! All writing lessons should be this much fun.
“. . .fill(s) a niche for teachers. . .” – School Library Journal 5/1/15
” “. . .breezy and engaging introduction to genre writing.”
” “The model essay can be used across multiple genres (informational and narrative nonfiction in addition to opinion).”
” “. . .useful for teachers showing early elementary students the relevancy, power, and importance of effective writing.”
Booklist 6/17/15

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