Students will create writers' notebooks and participate in writers' workshop. Writers' workshop provides students with opportunities to improve their writing through detailed instruction, explanation, examples, student models, and activities.
Units of Study: A Brief Overview
The following units of study are not only aligned to the Common Core State Standards, but also across grade levels.
Students will learn the academic and social importance of memoir-writing. Students will create memoirs that demonstrate the skillful use of narrative text structures, capturing the meaning of memory and the reflective nature of the writer.
Students will formulate a debatable claim and develop and identify the evidence they need to support their argument, including one piece of evidence from a secondary source.
Students will analyze literature, and develop a thesis statement based upon exploration of the themes developed within the analyzed text. Students will explore the thesis through written and oral responses to create supportable claims that can be presented. Students will focus on the author’s intent by selecting multiple types of evidence throughout the text in order to support the claims presented in the thesis. Students will study other essays in order to craft their own literary essay with elements (introduction with thesis, body paragraphs, and concluding statements) that are cohesive, using transitions and precise language.
Students will engage in informational/explanatory writing by examining an historical event and conveying ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Writing an Argument
Students will identify a range of local problems that they believe are solvable. They will practice defining these problems and analyzing their effects in order to develop workable solutions. Once they identify a local problem for which they would like to propose a solution, students will conduct research from multiple sources to gain a deeper understanding of their chosen problem and how it can be solved. As they draft their proposal essay, students will seek the best structure for this piece and focus on using appropriate tone and diction for their target audience. Students’ proposals will address the feasibility and credibility of the solution.