This common core aligned witting unit is perfect for grades 6-8. Everything you and your students need is right here! The standards have been broken down for understanding. There are informational sheets to explain each component of informational writing (hook, thesis statement, transitions, using domain specific language etc). There are multiple examples of essays in each of the different structures (cause/effect, compare/contrast etc) with student activities for "dissecting" these essays.
Students can find a deeper understanding of the parts of an essay by finding and recording each part. Once students have an understanding of the components, this unit includes all of the planning sheets they may need for successful essay writing!
The essays with "dissecting" forms can also be used as formative or summative assessments during your unit. This pack can be used as if it is a textbook/workbook for writing successful informational essays for 6th 7th and 8th grade students.