In this unit, students apply what they have learned about the research process from Unit 2 to research and write an essay about a freaky frog of their choice as part of their performance task for this module. Students begin this unit by choosing a frog to study and reading informational texts to gather information about their frog and its unique adaptations. Students build on their learning about informational writing from Unit 2 to plan and draft an essay, discussing what makes an essay more complex than a paragraph.
For the mid-unit assessment, students will draft the second proof paragraph to their own essay. Then through mini lessons and peer critique, students will continue to draft, revise, and edit their writing. Finally, in the end of unit assessment, students incorporate teacher and peer feedback to revise their essays on demand. The unit ends with students compiling their writing from across the module to create the final performance task, a book about freaky frogs.