This module is for Grades: 9-10 Welcome

A well-written explanation is crafted in a way that is clear for the reader to understand. The claim(s), reasoning and evidence that you include in your explanation must be organized using appropriate writing conventions. In this module, you will learn how to craft a well-written explanation so that readers will have a clear understanding of your ideas.

*If you have not already done so, be sure to complete Writing Explanation Part 1: Claims, Evidence and Reasoningopens in new window before completing this module.

Module Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Develop an explanation that includes a claim(s), appropriate facts, examples and other information to support the claim(s) and reasoning that, together, clearly explains the topic.
  • Use appropriate transitions to connect ideas and concepts.
  • Incorporate appropriate domain-specific vocabulary when explaining the topic.
  • Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone.
  • Develop a conclusion that supports the explanation.


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Focus Standards

WHST.9-10.2 - Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.


  • Writing Explanation