This Writing Workshop bundle includes four writing units. The Important Issue Letter is a persuasive writing unit, the Narrative Nonfiction is a narrative writing unit, the Quote to Live By is an informative/explanatory writing unit, and the Ask Anything is a research writing unit. Together, these four units cover all of the Common Core State Standards for writing. This bundle purchase option is for teachers who do not have enough instructional minutes to complete all 10 units in the Middle School Year-Long Writing Workshop Curriculum Bundle, but still love the option of purchasing multiple writing units for a reduced bundle price. The four units included will immerse students in a variety of genres and writing experiences and include awesome extras for teaching using a Writing Workshop not available in the individual units.
*A preview is available for each writing unit included in the mini-bundle by clicking on the individual writing unit and downloading the preview. Each preview contains the unit plan and one of the minilessons within that unit.
What is included in each of the 4 writing units?
- Unit Plan: an overview of the minilesson statements, each aligned to a Common Core State Standard for narrative writing, persuasive writing, informative/explanatory writing, or research (depending on the unit) sequenced to guide students through the writing process from start to finish.
- Detailed Minilessons: Fully-scripted writing minilessons for the teacher so that they can explicitly walk students through the gradual release of responsibility (minilesson statement, modeling, have-a-go, application, share) in each minilesson. The minilessons take students through each part of the writing process (genre immersion, pre-write, organize & outline, draft, revise, edit, publish & share). *Each unit contains between 13-16 minilessons. Download the preview to see an example of a unit plan with the minilesson statements and a minilesson in its entirety.
- Mentor Text: A mentor text, written by me, to reference throughout the writing process. The mentor text was written to exemplify each minilesson and be used as a tool for modeling and a reference during writing conferences/guided writing.
- PowerPoints: Each lesson contains a presentation of the lesson with the different steps of the lesson laid out (minilesson statement, modeling, have-a-go, application, share) for a great visual throughout each minilesson to help the lessons flow. These come in PDF and in editable form.
- Question Prompts for Writing Conferences: Question prompts specific to each minilesson to use in writing conferences and/or guided writing each day to reinforce the concept being taught are included. These questions make it seamless to hold writing conferences that will make a huge impact on students' writing.
- Student Handouts and Reference Guides: Student materials (prewriting sheets, graphic organizers, outline, reference sheets to assist with specific minilessons, handouts with prompting questions to guide revision, etc.) needed for each minilesson are included. A student "Editing Guide" is also included to assist students during the editing phase with capitalization, spelling, homophone, punctuation, commas, and sentence types reference sheets.
- Rubric Options: Rubrics are designed to assess the specific genre and type of writing in the writing unit. There are different rubric options included so teachers can use the rubric that works best for their purpose.
- Grade 6 CCSS-Aligned Rubric
- Grade 7 CCSS-Aligned Rubric
- Grade 8 CCSS-Aligned Rubric
- Minilesson-Based Rubric: does not mention specific CCSS standards and is based on the minilessons taught in the writing unit
- Just Feedback Rubric: designed to get students reading and thinking about feedback.
- Students Self-Assessment Rubric: where students assess before the teachers assess.
***All lessons, student handouts, and rubrics come in a PDF and editable version so teachers can use the materials in a way that best suits their teaching style and students’ needs.
Extras included in the bundle:
- Writing Curriculum Scope & Sequence with suggestions for a year-long curriculum or how to use the 10 writing units for a systematic approach across multiple grade levels school-wide.
- Student Writing Companion Workbook with reference pages on homophones, capitalization rules, comma rules, commonly misspelled and misused words, punctuation, types of sentences, transition words and phrases, nonfiction leads, and fiction leads. The Student Writing Companion Workbook also contains a "Writing Treasures" page for students to store words, sentences, and dialogue tags they would like to use or mimic in their future writing, a "Beginnings and Endings" page where students can collect powerful examples of how authors start and stop writing, and a "Writing Territories" page where students can sort the areas they enjoy writing about to help them come up with writing topics throughout the writing units all year long.
- Writing Conference structure reference sheet, information about how to have effective writing conferences, and graphic organizers to track student conferences.
- Guided Writing information, graphic organizers, and lesson plan template.
1. Purchase all ten units and save $30 by purchasing the Middle School Year-Long Writing Workshop Curriculum Bundle. This bundle includes awesome extras to help manage, assess, and thrive using a Writing Workshop all year.
2. Purchase the writing units as a mini-bundle and save $8. Each mini-bundle includes four writing units (1 persuasive, 1 informative/explanatory, 1 narrative, 1 research). There are three mini-bundle options, each containing a different variety of writing units. Choose the one that works best for you and your students.
-6-8 Writing Workshop Units Bundle (Option 1)
-6-8 Writing Workshop Units Bundle (Option 2)
-6-8 Writing Workshop Units Bundle (Option 3)
3. Purchase the writing units individually to meet your writing instruction needs. The 10 writing units are linked below.
-Deleted Scene-Narrative Writing
-Blog Post-Informative/Explanatory Writing
-Product Review-Persuasive Writing
-Ask Anything-Research Writing
-Narrative Nonfiction-Narrative Writing Unit
-Literary Analysis-Informative/Explanatory Writing
-Important Issue Letter-Persuasive Writing
-Memoir Vignettes-Narrative Writing
-Quote to Live By-Informative/Explanatory Writing
-Book Recommendation-Persuasive Writing
*Do you teach students how to write or tell them to write? There is a big difference between teaching and telling.
*These writing units take students through the writing process step-by-step through a series of detailed minilessons with explicit modeling examples. You can feel confident in your teaching and will love the writing engagement and results you get from students.