I am piloting Standards Based grading for my district this year. Each day, I focus on a different standard with a skill or subskill.
These lessons include many parts: Essential Vocabulary (elaborate, coherent, claim, debatable claim, caucus, relevance, commentary, plan, succinct, formal voice), Essential Question based on the term, "I can..." statement based on standard (see list of ELA standards), lesson slides (step-by step directions), Exit Slips (self-assessment for students and for you to see where they think they are), and Homework slide if needed.
My lessons incorporate Thinking Maps and Kagen strategies. If you are not familiar with them, my slides will take you step by step. This unit also contains TPT (Total Participation Technique) cards.
I am a sixth grade teacher, but the same standards are in seventh and eighth grade.