Writing & Reporting Unit 8th Grade (Learning Goals (Lesson 1:…
Writing & Reporting Unit 8th Grade
W.8.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
W.8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
b. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
c. Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
e. Establish and maintain a formal style.
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
Speaking & Listening Standards
SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Communication Arts Concepts
Writing: research, connections with text, critical thinking
Speaking and listening: Audience/purpose
Critical Content: (Know)
Definitions: audience, purpose, credible resources, voice/tone
Understand what a credible resource is
Understand the structure of an informational essay
Know how to properly cite sources
Critical Skills: (Do)
Use technology to find credible resources
Be able to embed quotes from the resources within their informational essay and cite them properly
Create an informational essay with correct structure
Present their information in an engaging way to their audience
Resource/annotated cites check-in sheets
Multiple drafts of essay
Terms web poster
Presentation of findings
Students will understand THAT research and connecting ideas to specific texts will strengthen their informational essay.
Students will understand THAT critical thinking is necessary when forming research questions to answer in their writing.
Students will understand THAT audience and purpose are important to consider when selecting what information they would like to report.
Lesson 1: Introduction of writing and reporting.
Lesson 2: Introduce the structure of an informational essay—introduction, begging question, quotations, correct citing, conclusion.
Lesson 3: Teach how to find and incorporate credible resources.
Lesson 4: Introduce the importance of audience, voice, tone, and purpose.
Lesson 5: Paper editing day and speech workshop.
ELL students will be able to express their ideas in an essay.
ELL Students will be able to present their work in front of the class.
Modified students will have an easier grading scale on their essay.