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Informational Writing Unit Focusing on Famous African Americans- Perfect for Black History Month!
The purpose for this 138 page unit is to integrate Social Studies standards while teaching Informational Writing.
This unit focuses on using the historical figure, Martin Luther King Jr. as a model for writing a four paragraph essay. Martin Luther King Jr. was purposefully chosen as a model because he is a familiar figure for many students. Students can either be assigned or select a Famous African American to write an informational text.
This unit covers EVERY informational writing standard EXCEPT for the standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.6 of using technology to produce and publish writing. This would be a simple adaptation for teachers to make in the classroom. I purposely excluded this standard because I did not want to make any assumptions about the teacher’s available technological resources.
This unit includes:
-Twenty-three days of explicit lesson plans for modeling and scaffolding informational writing. All lessons include an Essential Question, hook, teaching point, and summary.
-Printable “I Can” Statements for every lesson
-6 posters for instruction
-All the printable materials needed for instruction
-A student friendly assessment rubric and an assessment rubric for teachers to grade the final product
-An editing checklist
-A list of suggested books for student research
-A mini-book for each Famous African American
-Final draft paper for each figure
Please note the teacher will have to provide some text for the writing lessons. The books needed are:
-Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
-If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine
-A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. By David Adler
I hope this unit will make your informational writing unit painless and fun for students!