In this 6th grade thematic literature unit, the Big Idea is "Responsibility". All text selections (both fiction and nonfiction) will connect back to the theme and the Essential Questions. The unit will end with a culminating writing performance demonstration. The writing type is argument and the prompt is "In your opinion, do you think video games are harmful or helpful?" Students will be required to cite textual evidence to support the claim. I have included a link to a five-paragraph argument graphic organizer.
Throughout this Smartboard unit, I have added links for mini-lessons (that I have created and will post on TPT separately as well) which address the skills to be taught with each text selection. The links include the argument graphic organizer, a Power Point over cause and effect text structure, and another interactive Smartboard unit over the text structure problem/solution (which is very engaging for students!) The unit utilizes the McDougal Littell literature book and a nonfiction article from www.readworks.org (will need to sign up for a free membership, but it is an excellent online resource).
The text selections and related skills are as follows:
1. "Out of Line On-Line" - a nonfiction article by Jennifer Magid found at www.readworks.org (there is a link)
skills - problem/solution text structure (link to my problem/solution Smartboard lesson)
2. "The Richer, the Poorer" by Dorothy West paired with "The Ant and the Grasshopper" by James Reeves - Two fables in McDougal Littell
skills - fables, characterization, cause/effect text structure (link)
3. "Should Wild Animals be Kept as Pets?" a nonfiction article by the Humane Society of the United States - McDougal Littell
skills - text features, persuasive techniques
4. Two Close Read selections by Emily Sohn: "What Video Games Teach Us" and "The Violent Side of Video Games" - McDougal Littell Argument Essays
skills - arguments/counter-arguments/claims, main idea/supporting details, cause/effect text structure
The unit ends with the Culminating Unit Performance Demonstration which is argument writing in a 5 paragraph essay with text evidence included from unit 4 texts.
Units 5-8 coming soon!!
Fonts used on this unit were downloaded (for personal or commercial use) from fellow TpT seller Krys Bosland. Her fonts are adorable so follow the link to use these fonts: KBstriped pajamas, KBspacingout, KBjukebox, KBjellybean, and KBfancyme.
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