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ELA 2012 G6:M4:U3

Writing: Position Paper about the Use of DDT

Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Lesson 1Analyze Model Position Paper with Rubric

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Check in on Independent Reading (8 minutes)

     B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Reading a Model Position Paper for Understanding  (15 minutes)

     B.  Understanding Expectations: Reading the Rubric (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Exit Ticket: What Do You Think You Will Find

     B.  Most Challenging in Writing a Paper Like This? 
(5 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Read to meet the 30-minute reading goal in your independent reading book. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • Author’s Presentation of Events graphic organizer
  • Assessing model position paper with rubric 

Lesson 2Planning the Argument: Writing the Claim and Reasons

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Independent Reading Check-in (8 minutes)

     B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  How Will We Get There? Introducing Steps to Writing a Position Paper (10 minutes)

     B.  Planning Our Argument: Claim and Evidence  (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Reflecting on the Learning Targets: Fist to Five (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.   Read your independent reading book for 30 minutes. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • Planning My Argument graphic organizer

Lesson 3Claim, Reasons, and Evidence: Planning the Body Paragraphs

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

     B.  How Are My Ideas? (8 minutes)

2.  Work Time

    A.  Writing a Body Paragraph: Studying the Model  (10 minutes)

    B.  Planning My Body Paragraphs: Quote Sandwich (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

    A.  What Words Should I Be Using? (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Read your independent reading book for 30 minutes. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • Planning My Body Paragraphs graphic organizer

Lesson 4Actions for a Position Paper: Identify, Discuss, Write

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

     B.  Parts of a Position Paper Anchor Chart (3 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Peer Discussion: Articulating My Ideas (10 minutes)

     B.  Writing: Moving from a Plan to a Draft (25 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Noticing Transition Words and Phrases (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Read to meet 30-minute reading goal in independent reading book. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • Planning My Body Paragraphs graphic organizer (from homework )
  • Written drafts of body paragraphs

Lesson 5Mid-Unit Assessment: Completing My Draft Position Paper

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Drafting an Introductory Paragraph (20 minutes)

     B.  Drafting a Concluding Paragraph (18 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Reflecting on My Writing So Far (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Read your independent reading book for 30 minutes. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • Mid-Unit 3 Assessment: Draft of Position Paper: “Do the Benefits of DDT Outweigh Its Harmful Consequences?”
  • Reflecting on My Writing So Far

Lesson 6Peer Critique and Revising: Formal English

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A. Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

     B. Connecting with Transitions (8 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Mini Lesson: Recognizing Formal vs. Informal English (10 minutes)

     B.  Peer Critique: Identifying and Revising for Formal vs. Informal English and Transition Words (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Message Translation Using Slang, Casual, and Formal Language (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Read your independent reading book for 30 minutes. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • Identifying and revising formal English and transitions

Lesson 7End of Unit Assessment: Revising and Publishing

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Independent Reading Review (8 minutes)

     B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Peer Critique: Revision for Vocabulary (10 minutes)

     B.  Completing Revisions and Publishing (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Self-Assessing against the Position Paper Argument Rubric(5 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Read in your independent book for 30 minutes. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • End of Unit 3 Assessment: Final draft of the position paper 

Lesson 8Completing Reflection: Preparing a Poster for Presentation

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Reflection on the Writing Process: How Did the Process Improve My Writing? (10 minutes)

     B.  Studying the Model Poster (5 minutes)

     C.  Preparing Poster for Presentation (25 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Reviewing the Scientific Poster Criteria List (3 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Consider printing and cutting text features for your poster. Read in your independent book for 30 minutes. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes.

  • Writing Process Reflection
  • Scientific poster

Lesson 9Finishing Poster and Preparing for Gallery Walk

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Completing Poster for Presentation (33 minutes)

     B.  Partner Practice: Preparing for the Hosted Gallery Walk (5 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Checklist (5 minutes)

4. Homework

     A. Read in your independent book for 30 minutes. Complete the Reading Tracker and Reviewer’s Notes. Complete your scientific poster for the hosted Gallery Walk in the next lesson. 

  • Scientific poster

Lesson 10Performance Task: Hosted Gallery Walk of Scientific Posters

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

     A.  Unpacking the Learning Target (2 minutes)

     B.  Preparing for Hosted Gallery Walk (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Hosted Gallery Walk: Sharing Our Scientific Posters (35 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  One-Word Whip-around (3 minutes)

4.  Homework

     A.  Keep reading your independent reading book.

  • Scientific posters

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