Common Core Intro to Writing Genres Mini-Unit: 1 Topic, 3 Strands

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Need to teach students the difference between argumentative, narrative, and informative genres? Need to pre-assess student writing, build up a writing portfolio, or just break out of your routine? Use this unit to take the fear out of Common Core change and safely experiment with the three strands!

First, use the given lesson handout to watch the YouTube video "Did You Know 3.0", which jumpstarts class discussions on whether or not writing is important in the 21st century.

Next, authentically learn the definitions of the three strands and conclude what the characteristics are for each genre by reading three mentor texts as a class: a NYT article, reviews, and the short story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros.

Finally, students choose a comfortable topic and write 3 short pieces, one in each strand, demonstrating that they know the difference between each one. Use the provided rubric and assessment spaces to move students through peer assessment, self-assessment, and teacher feedback. (The short length of each piece of writing makes grading quick and easy!)

The length of the project is adjustable; unit plan includes a description of how to complete it in 8 days, but the schedule is flexible based upon the amount of in-class work time you wish to give and what additional mini-lessons you may wish to include in order to scaffold this project to your class's needs.

Standards covered (adaptable for grades 6-10): RI.3, W.1, W.2, W.3, W.4, W.5, W.6, W.10.

This EDITABLE 8-page download includes the following:
• Unit plan in UbD format, aligned to the CCSS, including essential questions, I Can statements, and descriptions of activities
• links to online mentor texts for the three genres
• link to the YouTube video
• lesson plan calendar/suggested pacing
• graphic organizer for reading the 3 mentor texts
• graphic organizer for "1 Topic, 3 Strands" lesson
• Rubric, including spaces for peer assessment, self-assessment, and teacher feedback
• Post-assessment sheet, asking students questions about the genres to show what they've learned

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Common Core Intro to Writing Genres Mini-Unit: 1 Topic, 3 Strands
Common Core Intro to Writing Genres Mini-Unit: 1 Topic, 3 Strands
Common Core Intro to Writing Genres Mini-Unit: 1 Topic, 3 Strands
Common Core Intro to Writing Genres Mini-Unit: 1 Topic, 3 Strands
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