Writing Blocks: 1st 6 Weeks 9th and 10th Grade Writing Program

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Leah Cleary
Grade Levels
9th - 10th
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120 pages 194 slides
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This is the 1st 6 weeks of a year long common-core aligned interactive notebook writing program for 9th and 10th grades that improves student writing through the deliberate practice of sentence imitation (generative grammar). Each day, the teacher guides students through a scaffolded imitation of a sentence.

At the end of the week, students will use the sentence patterns they’ve experimented with to construct a paragraph. At the end of the six weeks, students will construct an essay using a variety of sentence patterns that they’ve experimented with.

Each of the six week sections deals with a different type of writing: Narrative 1 (Descriptive), Narrative 2 (Plot and Dialogue), Explanatory 1 (Develop Facts and Details), Explanatory 2 (Explain With Quotes and Graphics), Argumentative 1 (Point and Counter Point), and Argumentative 2 (Making Your Point With Reason and Evidence).

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Included in This Program (For Each 6 Weeks):

A student instruction mini book and envelope

Paragraphs and essay rubrics

A PowerPoint and cloze notes explaining the type of writing we are practicing

Five guided sentence maps with foldable shapes to go on top for each 6 weeks

A PowerPoint for each week to guide the students through their sentence imitation

A paragraph planning map with foldable shapes for each week

A PowerPoint and cloze notes explaining how to transform a paragraph into an essay

An essay planning foldable graphic organizer for the writing form under focus for the six weeks

Sample answers for each map (with picture examples for the first week), as well as the paragraph and the final descriptive narrative essay

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120 pages 194 slides
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.


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