Expository Writing: The Great Block Connect Challenge

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WRITING DIRECTIONS: THE GREAT BLOCK STACKER CREATION CHALLENGE
PURPOSE OF ACTIVITY: Writing directions is often hard to keep kids engaged. This activity engages students throughout the process as they imagine that the company Block Connect has hired them to create a new design using only six random Block Connect (L>E>G>O) pieces. They will be put into a competition with one another to see whose Block Connect creation will be picked as the new design. This lesson includes a “letter from Block Connect”, graphic organizers, exemplars, voting sheets, Block Connect Testing Center (Peer Review) sheet, explanation on what the kids are to do, a rubric, and even a final certificate “medal” for the winner. Throughout the whole process students learn to think like an expository (directions) writer and go through the writing process to create an expository writing (directions). This activity has been aligned to the Common Core standards.
GOAL: Produce an expository writing (directions) that:
a) Helps the students to understand the components of what to include in an expository (directions) writing.
b) Has been created using a graphic organizer/outline to keep track of their thinking.
c) Has been edited/evaluated by two other peers for content and clarity
d) Has been revised for clarity after the peers have evaluated.
e) Is composed into a final writing piece.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
RI.6.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.
RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.6.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
SL 6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
L.6.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L.6.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
MATERIALS:
• A sandwich bag that contains any variety of 6 Block Connect (L--E--G--O) blocks. (I went online and simply bought a variety pack, or some of EBay)
• A camera (could allow students to use their phones, saves on time and headache)
• Copies of the Block Stacker Letter, Writing Outline, Outline Example, Final Writing Example, Block Stacker Testing Center and rubric for each student.
• Sticky Notes for each student
• A voting slip for each student (make enough copies)
Total Pages
15
Answer Key
Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration
4 Days

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Expository Writing:  The Great Block Connect Challenge
Expository Writing:  The Great Block Connect Challenge
Expository Writing:  The Great Block Connect Challenge
Expository Writing:  The Great Block Connect Challenge