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.
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.
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.
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
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
Day 21: Locating and Inserting Pictures into your Template
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
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
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: 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.)
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.
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.
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 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
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