Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards

Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
Writing Units (Grade 6) to Cover ALL Common Core Writing Standards
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  1. Expository Writing Unit: 4 Weeks (Grade 6 CCSS)This is a four-week expository writing unit that I wrote for sixth grade. I wrote this unit for our district, and the plan is followed by all the sixth grade writing teachers so the lessons are written to be easily followed day by day without prep work-
  2. Persuasive (or Argumentative) Writing Unit : 4 Weeks (Grade 6 CCSS)End Product: In this unit, students select a charitable organization that supports a cause that they believe in passionately. Then they write a script and produce (a video) Public Service Announcement! *Public service announceme
  3. Fictional Narrative Story Writing Unit: 4 Weeks (Grade 6 CCSS)This is a four-week fictional narrative writing unit I wrote for sixth grade. I wrote this unit for our district and the plan is followed by all the sixth grade writing teachers so the lessons are written to be easily followed day by day
Bundle Description

This bundle includes three 4 week long writing units.

(Fictional Narrative, Expository, Argumentative).

*To see extensive previews of each unit....please click on the individual products included in the bundle.

I wrote these units for our district, and the plan is followed by all the sixth grade writing teachers so the lessons are written to be easily followed day-by-day without prep work, beyond looking over the lessons you're teaching.

1. Expository Writing Unit

During this unit, students produce a magazine spread that is a compare/contrast article. Their writing always blows me away in the end, and their magazine spreads turn out really powerful.

CONTENTS

1. 21 Scripted Lesson Plans (79 pages)

2. Student Packet (28 pages)

*also included as a word doc so you can edit it for your needs.

3. Grading Checklistas a word doc so you can edit it for your needs.

4. Smart Board slides file that accompanies this unit (47 slides). These are also included as a PDF file if you don't have a Smart Board.

5. Magazine Template (.doc) for students to use for publishing

6. Standards overview showing which lessons correspond to which CCSS.

Lessons:

Task Definition

Day 1: Valuing Audience and Purpose: Developing Topics of Interest

Day 2: Examining Non-fiction Text Structures: Developing Related Topics

Day 3: Examining Information Feature Articles with a Compare Contrast Structure: Choosing a Topic

Information Seeking Strategies and Locating Resources

Day 4: Locating and Accessing Sources in the Library

Day 5: Locating and Evaluating Online Resources

Day 6: Continuing to Locate Information and Evaluate Online Sources and Printing from a Website

Use of Information

Day 7: Generate a List of Subtopics and Possible Questions

Days 8 & 9: Taking Notes—Paraphrasing, Not Plagiarizing

Day 10: Taking Notes—Using Multiple Resources

Day 11: Taking Notes—Bibliography

Synthesis

Day 12: Turning Notes into Body Paragraphs Day 1

Day 13: Turning Notes into Body Paragraphs Day 2

Day 14: Turning Notes into Body Paragraphs Day 3

Day 15: Grammar Lesson—Using Domain-Specific Vocabulary

Day 16: Leads

Day 17: Conclusions

Day 18: Grammar Lesson—Using Precise Language

Day 19: Revising

Day 20: Become an Editor

Publishing

Day 21: Locating and Inserting Pictures into your Template

Celebration

2. Persuasive (or Argumentative) Writing Unit:

In this unit, students select a charitable organization that supports a cause that they believe in passionately. Then they write a script and produce (a video) Public Service Announcement!

*Public service announcements are often used to help the public become aware

of social issues, or to help promote the ideas and agendas of non-profit

organizations.

CONTENTS:

1. 22 Scripted Lessons (see list of lessons below) – 65 pages

2. Smart board slides to accompany lessons – 32 slides (These slides are also included as a PDF file if you don't have a Smart board.)

3. Persuasive techniques PowerPoint to accompany lessons – 16 slides

3. Common Core standards overview – 2 pages

4. Common Core standards proficiency checklist – 1 page

5. Teacher created finished example

5. Five student created finished examples

Lessons:

Reading Persuasive Writing

Lesson 1: An Open Exploration of Persuasive Writing

Lesson 2: Literal Understanding of Persuasive Text

Lesson 3: Improving Comprehension 1: Read, Jot, Talk, Write

Lesson 4: Improving Comprehension 2: Read, Jot, Talk, Write

Lesson 5: Effective or Ineffective Persuasive Writing? You Decide

Selecting and Developing Ideas

Lesson 6: Choosing a Topic

Lesson 7: Navigating a Website

Lesson 8: Reading for a Purpose

Lesson 9: All Reasons Are Not Created Equal

Lesson 10: Exploring Reasons and Supporting Evidence

Planning and Drafting

Lesson 11: Planning Your Outline Day 1

Lesson 12: Planning Your Outline Day 2

Lesson 13: Writing a Thesis Statement

Lesson 14: Persuasion Word Choice Techniques

Lesson 15: Drafting a Script

Lesson 16: Drafting a Script Day 2

Lesson 17: Leads that Capture the Reader’s Interest

Lesson 18: Concluding Section

Lesson 19: Studying How Images Work With Words

Lesson 20: Locating Pictures

Revising and Editing

Lesson 21: Editing: Proofread Carefully

Publishing

Publishing: Finalize Script

Lesson 22: Photo Story 3 (or iMovie, flip camera, video taping, or any type of video program available for you and your students.)

Celebration!

Over the course of the unit, I keep a jar in the front of the room for students to bring in their change. After students watch all the finished PSAs from their classmates, conduct a blind vote for which one they thought was the most powerful (there's a checklist for them to fill out while watching the PSAs). The charity from the PSA with the most votes gets the money donated to them.

I honestly love teaching this unit. It's real world and the students get so passionate about their cause. They also learn a lot and product some great writing.

3. Fictional Narrative Story Writing Unit:

During this unit, children write one realistic fiction story. The stories my students write during this unit are incredible, and they learn a lot about writing. I'm always so impressed by what sixth graders can do. The unit is based off of Lucy Calkins’ Writing Fiction: Big Dreams, Tall Ambitions.

CONTENTS

1. 23 lesson plans. These are scripted and follow the writing workshop model.

2. Proficiency checklist and rubric to score the final stories

3. Smart Board slides to accompany the lessons. These are also included as PDF files if you do not have a Smart Board.

4. Student Written Story (Proficient Example)

Lesson Plan Overview

Collecting

Lesson 1: Imagining Stories from Ordinary Moments

Lesson 2: Imagining Stories We Wish Existed In the World

Qualities of good writing/craft Lessons

Lesson 3: Developing Believable Characters

Lesson 4: Developing Believable Secondary Characters

Lesson 5: Giving Characters Struggles and Motivations

Lesson 6: Short Story Structure

Lesson 7: Plotting With A Story Mountain

Lesson 8: Getting Your Characters Talking—dialogue

Lesson 9: Show Don’t Tell

Lesson 10: Feeling and Drafting The Heart of The Story

Lesson 11: Pacing—Explode A Moment

Lesson 12: Pacing—Cutting What You Don’t Need

Lesson 13: Transition Sentences

Lesson 14: Studying Published Texts To Write Leads

Lesson 15: Orienting Readers With Setting

Lesson 16: Powerful Endings

Lesson 17: Endings Continued

Revising/Editing/Publishing/Celebrating

Lesson 18: Revision—Rereading With A Lens

Lesson 19: Using Mentor Texts To Flush Out Characters

Lesson 20: Editing With Various Lenses

Lesson 21: Publishing

Lesson 22: Publishing

Lesson 23: A Writing Celebration

Total Pages
415 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 months
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