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Writing a Literary Essay BUNDLE

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4th - 5th, Homeschool
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    Writing a Literary Essay - 10 Day Lesson Plan


    Opinion writing is essential for students in the upper elementary and middle grades. Writing about reading is a great place to start! This resource uses mentor texts that are not included, but can easily be found on the internet. The bundle is loosely based on the work of Lucy Calkins, but is my unique take on it. After teaching this unit for several years, I found that my students needed a lot of support and feedback throughout the process in order to be successful.

    In January of 2020, I updated this product to include Google drive slide shows for composing paragraphs and electronic exit tickets. You can now assign this work in Google classroom. Before that, in March of 2019, I updated this product to include some editable pages, additional checklists, printable exit tickets, and more! All presentations are now in Powerpoint, so you can add or delete pages to suit your needs, and in PDF. Thank you for all of the feedback. It has helped me improve this product. Enjoy!

    Included in this bundle are:

    * 10 scaffolded powerpoint lessons with objectives, learning targets, and exit tickets

    * 3 original exemplars

    * 3 mini rubrics

    * 2 revision and editing checklists.

    * Printable exit tickets

    * Links to Google drive resources

    BONUS ITEM! Ten day lesson plans that you can copy and paste into your own presentation.

    The touchstone texts for these lessons are: "Spaghetti" by Cynthia Rylant, "The Marble Champ" by Gary Soto, and "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. You will need copies of Rylant's book "Every Living Thing", Soto's book "Baseball in April and Other Stories", and Cisneros' book "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories" to read aloud.

    I developed these lessons using:

    Literary Essay: Opening Texts and Seeing More, Grade 5 (2006)

    By Katie Clements, Mike Ochs, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Edited by Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University.

    Purchased separately, these materials would cost $32.


    Day 1

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    Day 4

    Day 5

    Day 6

    Day 7

    Day 8

    Day 9

    Day 10

    Eleven Exemplar

    Marble Champ Exemplar

    Wringer Exemplar

    Mini Rubric Introduction

    Mini Rubric Body Paragraph

    Mini Rubric Conclusion

    Revision and Editing Checklist

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    Total Pages
    165 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    2 Weeks
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.
    Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
    Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
    Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
    Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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