Writing to Inform and Explain Unit (Vol. 3) - Digital and Printable

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Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 3): “On the Other Hand…” (A Mini-Writer’s Workshop for Grades 6-8) is part of a series of mini-workshops designed to engage even the most reluctant of young writers!

This quick-paced, 2-week, compare and contrast writer’s workshop is broken down into small, manageable steps which will keep your students interested and excited. This unit comes with a link to an interactive Google Slide "Notebook" that guides students through the lessons and activities, making this perfect for digital/distance learning.

Each mini-workshop in this series contains:

★ (1) mentor piece for students to analyze and use as a model while writing (please note: the mentor piece is a four paragraph compare and contrast essay written in the BLOCK METHOD of organization)

★ (2) prewriting organizers

★ (3) three writer’s craft mini-lessons that support the skills necessary for writing strong narratives, as well as the common core State Standards (CCSS).

★ (6) Beautiful anchor posters (both in color and BW for easy printing!)

I’m Organizin’ It!

Commas in a Series

The Language of Compare and Contrast

Read-Around-Groups Directions*

Revising and Editing Checklist*

★ (1) rubric for scoring students’ writing

(*these posters/lesson plans will be found in each product in my narrative and inform/explain writing series)

I’ve also included Common Core alignment for grades 6-8 (though these lessons could easily be adapted for 4-5th grade, as well as 9-12th grades!) and detailed, step-by-step lesson plans.

If teaching students to compare and contrast is part of your curriculum, you will not be disappointed with this mini-writer’s workshop!

Thanks for shopping! Enjoy!


Find other volumes in this series:

Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 1): “And the Winner Is…”

Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 2): How to Survive…”


This product is included in the following bundle:

A Year of Writing Instruction - Part Two (January-May)


Check out my Narrative Series:

Narrative Writing (Vol. 1): Writing About Lessons Learned

Narrative Writing (Vol. 2): Writing About Memorable Places

Narrative Writing (Vol. 3): Writing About Special Treasures


Please visit my blogwww.musingsfromthemiddleschool.blogspot.com

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60 pages
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Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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