This is an older unit. I've moved many of these lessons into the WRITING FOUNDATIONS and the NARRATIVE WRITING units. In those units I added assessments. I've left this unit up, but not modified it the way I've modified the other units.
The focus of this unit is adding elaboration and style when writing. Included are mini-lessons on elaboration, pre-writing, using anecdotes, using description, using a variety of different sentence starters, using powerful verbs.
This unit is designed to be taught over five weeks, however you can shorten the unit. Each week a skill is introduced in a mini lesson. Then the students practice the skill with a short, on-demand writing prompt. Several days later, students are given a similar prompt to practice the skill again. This prompt can be done in class or sent home for homework.
A rubric aligned to the Common Core is included as well as a blank prompt page if you wish to follow the format but use your own writing prompt.