Common Core Writing Standards Covered:
1.Letter to parent/guardian- This letter asks parents/guardians to review their child’s notes, and ask them about symbolism found in The Interlopers. They are also asked to review the structure of an essay, and ask their child to explain how an essay and a paragraph are structured. There is a “Pre-Writing Learning Check” survey. This survey asks students to reflect on the Common Core Writing Standards they will be working on in this unit. They will check mark “Yes, I can” or “Not yet” for each standard.
2.Note Page: Students are given a list of symbols (tree, blood in the eye of Georg, wine flask), locate these symbols in the story (column 2), and describe what these symbols mean (column 3). This note page is to help student prepare for the outline page.
3.Outline page: The outline handout is extremely detailed. The outline has an introduction, five body paragraphs, and a conclusion (see sample pdf). Each paragraph has guiding questions to help students develop rich paragraphs. This activity is good for reluctant writers, and students who struggle with essay and paragraph structure.
4.Learning Survey-Formative Learning Check: This handout has the Common Core Writing standards written into “I Can” statements. You can give the slip to students during the middle of the writing process (mid-unit), and check for progress. Go back to their “Pre-Writing Learning Check” survey, and see if the student understands the material. Ask students to write in the boxes what they like about their writing, or to indicate in the boxes if they need extra help (and if so, what type of help).
5.Parent Homework Review: After students write their first draft, send the “Parent Homework Review” attached to the draft. If you ask students to write out their draft for homework, ask students to give the “Parent Homework Review” to parents BEFORE they turn their first draft in the next day. I sometimes refuse to accept homework without the form. I want parent/guardians to see what their child is learning in the class. There is a behavior form on the lower half of this handout. I often find that behavior interrupts with a child’s learning.
Interlopers Writing Unit with Parental Involvement Component
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