This writing unit is specifically designed to meet the standards for informative/explanatory writing (W.6.2, W.7.2, W.8.2). Blogging is a platform in our society where anyone that is passionate about sharing information about anything can start a blog and share their writing with others. This unit teaches students how to create a well-structured blog post where their opinions and ideas are valued by their intended audience. Students select a topic to blog about, whether it has to do with a hobby, interest, talent, or advice they would like to share. Students then study published blogs with similar formats and topics so they can gets ideas about formatting and tone. They also gather information, examples, facts, and quotations they want to incorporate into their blog post. Drafting involves concentrating in on introducing the topic, the main body of the blog, and a concluding section. As they work their blog post through the revision process, students focus in on precise language and smooth transitions before bringing their revised draft to a student sounding board, editing for conventions, and authentically publishing their blog post.
What is included in the blog post writing unit?
-14 fully scripted writing minilessons for the teacher so that they can explicitly walk students through the gradual release of responsibility (minilesson statement, modeling, have-a-go, application, share) in each minilesson. The minilessons take students through each part of the writing process (genre immersion, pre-write, organize & outline, draft, revise, edit, publish & share).
-Two mentor texts of blog posts to reference throughout the writing process.
-Question prompts specific to each minilesson to use in writing conferences and/or guided writing each day to reinforce the concept being taught.
-Student materials (prewriting sheets, graphic organizers, revision activities, editing activities, etc.) needed for each minilesson.
-Rubrics designed to assess the specific genre and type of writing in the writing unit. There are different rubric options included so teachers can use the rubric that works best for their purpose.
*Grade 6 CCSS-aligned writing rubric
*Grade 7 CCSS-aligned writing rubric
*Grade 8 CCSS-aligned writing rubric
*General rubric that does not mention specific CCSS standards and is based on the minilessons taught in the writing unit
*Just Feedback rubric designed to get students reading and thinking about feedback.
*Students Self-Assessment rubric where students assess before the teachers assess.
-All lessons, student handouts, and rubrics come in a PDF and editable version so teachers can use the materials in a way that best suits their teaching style and students’ needs.
Looking for a year-long writing curriculum? Look no further.
There are ten writing units in total. Each persuasive, informative/explanatory, narrative, and research writing unit is designed to meet all of the standards for that genre. Each unit is designed to bring a unique spin to the overall genre of writing. Teachers can create a year-long writing curriculum based on the writing units they think will best meet the needs of their students. Teachers who teach solely writing will most likely be able to teach more writing units across the year than teachers who teach reading and writing within the same class period to students. Regardless, the writing units are purchased separately and can be put together to create a year-long curriculum covering all of the writing standards from the Common Core State Standards. Download the preview to see example scope and sequences tailored to represent different middle school teaching situations.
Check out the other writing units available below:
-Deleted Scene-Narrative Writing (Available Now)
-Blog Post-Informative/Explanatory Writing (Available Now)
-Product Review-Persuasive Writing (Available July 29)
-Ask Anything-Research Writing (Available August 12)
-Narrative Nonfiction-Narrative Writing (Available August 26)
-Literary Analysis-Informative/Explanatory Writing (Available September 9)
-Important Issue-Persuasive Writing (Available September 23)
-Memoir Vignettes-Narrative Writing (Available October 7)
-Quote to Live By-Informative/Explanatory Writing (Available October 21)
-Book Recommendation-Persuasive Writing (Available November 4)
*Do you teach students how to write or tell them to write? There is a big difference between teaching and telling.
*These writing units take students through the writing process step-by-step through a series of detailed minilessons with explicit modeling examples. You can feel confident in your teaching and will love the writing engagement and results you get from students.