I find that my students do so much better in writing when I provide an organizer as a way to scaffold the task. In second grade, I assign a Simple Machine Report, An Ancestor Report, An Animal Report and a How to Make Recipe Explanatory Text. Below are the organizers that I created for them. They go along with our Common Core Standards: Informational/Explanatory Writing.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.