Literary Essay Unit
This unit meets reading and writing grade 3 CCSS.
I teach this unit at the end of the school year. The first time I taught the unit, I was shocked as to how well my third graders did on the final independent essay. Their insightful writing blew me away. They were able to proficiently apply the knowledge they had learned during the lessons independently on the assessment piece.
The unit includes 10 scripted lesson plans that follow the writing workshop model. They each include an objective, materials needed, connection, teach component, active engagement, link, and share. The unit uses short story texts: Peter’s Chair, Kenny and the Little Kickers, Poppleton “Neighbors” and Fireflies. If you have access to these texts that is a bonus, but I have also included typed versions of these texts. The lessons will also work easily with other texts of your choosing.
1. 10 Scripted Lesson Plans (40 pages)
2. Student Packet (16 pages) This packet includes all organizers and resources needed for the students to follow the lessons.
3. Proficiency Rubric
4. Example Student Final Essay
Below is a list of the scripted lessons included in the unit:
Lesson 1: Essay Writers Read Text Closely.
Objective: Students gather ideas for literary essays by reading text closely and jotting what they are noticing about the text.
Lesson 2: Essay Writers Add Their Thinking.
Objective: Students will think about their noticings (text evidence) and record what their noticings makes them think about the character.
Lesson 3: Essay Writers Pay Close Attention to Tension.
Objective: Students will read and pay close attention to tension in a story recording their thoughts.
Lesson 4: Essay Writers Pay Close Attention to Character Change and Turning Point.
Objective: Students will read and pay close attention to character change in the story and the turning point recording their thinking.
Lesson 5: Essay Writers Seek out a Lesson Learned.
Objective: Students will read and pay close attention to lessons learned recording their thinking.
Lesson 6: Essay Writers Draft an Introduction.
Objective: Students will draft an introduction called a tiny summary.
Lesson 7: Essay Writers Draft the Middle.
Objective: Students will draft the second paragraph.
Lesson 8: Essay Writers Draft the Middle Day 2.
Objective: Students will draft the third paragraph.
Lesson 9: Essay Writers Draft a Conclusion.
Objective: Students will draft a conclusion.
Lesson 10: Essay Writers Consider Transitions/Flow/Language
Objective: Students will revise essays by paying attention to transitions and language.
Assessment Directions and Materials: Students will apply their knowledge independently.
If you like this unit, please check another of my writing units: Diary of an Egg Writing Unit (Aligned to Common Core)