This 6th grade lesson bundle covers all three writing genres: narrative, opinion, and informative/explanatory!
Sixth graders will learn how to navigate the opinion writing genre with this awesome Common Core lesson plan. It will teach students how to prewrite and brainstorm effectively as well as write an opinion piece. There is adequate focus on citing from appropriate sources, utilizing a formal writing tone, and effectively communicating opinions and arguments. This is a teacher-friendly lesson! It comes with teacher steps, a student sample, and more!
The lesson plan includes:
-A lesson plan with teacher instructions
-Student Guidelines (with step-by-step instructions)
-A sample opinion letter
-A list of potential topics students may write about
-A graphic organizer to guide student writing
-An extension activity for early finishers, which is a cartoon or illustration showing characters debating or discussing the opinion topic using dialogue bubbles
These brainstorm, storyboard, and checklist activities will allow your students to write fabulous 6th grade Common Core narratives! Items such as sentence length, figurative language, and plot contents are explained in student-friendly language through this lesson plan. Students will be able to write creative narratives that align with the Common Core standards while letting their characters come to life with rich dialogue and details. There is an art extension activity for early finishers to give you time to work with your struggling writers.
In addition, there is an anchor narrative paper you can teach from. This narrative has good sensory details, internal dialogue, and plot development. It is followed by comprehension questions for your students to complete before they write their own narratives.
Some of the elements included in the development and planning phases of the lesson are:
-Transition words and phrases for sequence and order of events
-Utilizing specific nouns and verbs
-Varying sentence length
-Incorporating figurative language
This explanatory/informative lesson will teach your students how to properly research and write an awesome essay. It is complete with teacher instructions, a student sample of an essay, a list of monument topics to write about, a brainstorming section, graphic organizer, student checklist, extension activity, and oral report guidelines!
Students will select a famous monument from a detailed list. Examples include the Statue of Liberty, White House, Sydney Opera House, etc. They will find out pertinent details such as why the monument was built, when it was built, what materials were used in its construction, etc. Additionally, they will learn to use good transition words and phrases so their writing flows nicely. They will also use content-specific vocabulary that relates to their topic. In addition, students will learn to give credit to the sources (textbooks, websites, encyclopedias) where they borrowed the information. You have the option in this lesson of having your students use a direct quote/citation or just to have them paraphrase their research.
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