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Oakland Schools Curriculum Unit Plan 7th Grade ELA: Writing Unit 1: Launching the Writing Workshop: Apprenticing Yourself to Become An Author
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Overarching Question:

How do we use writers as mentors to craft powerful memoir?
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Launching the Writing Workshop

Raising the Level of Narrative Writing

Questions to Focus Assessment and Instruction:

Intellectual Processes:

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How do writers generate ideas for memoir? How do writers focus and sequence their narratives? What can we learn from studying the writing of others? What revisions can improve the quality of writing?

Focusing Sequencing Reflecting

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Unit Abstract In this unit students become part of a writing community and learn how to write a memoir with focus, meaning, reflection and detail. They engage in the routines of an effective writing workshop: learning how to use time, and to live like a writer by paying close attention to their lives. Students come to know that their stories matter. Model your own writing and story telling and encourage students to take risks as writers. They learn that stories have meaning and purpose, and are written for a particular audience. During workshop, students learn how to use the writing process (collecting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). As they move through the process, they first learn strategies for generating ideas for memoir. Students choose one of their entries as the idea for the piece they will publish, and plan their writing using story boarding or timelines. Students rely on authors as mentors for their writing and improve their writing through conferences with teachers and peers. In their published work students show increasing control and knowledge of conventions. Content Expectations Students will: W.GN.07.01 write a cohesive narrative piece such as a personal narrative, adventure, tall tale, folktale, fantasy, or poetry that includes appropriate conventions to the genre, employing elements of characterization for major and minor characters; internal and/or external conflict; and issues of plot, theme, and imagery. W.PR.07.01 set a purpose, consider audience, and replicate authors’ styles and patterns when writing a narrative or informational piece. W.PR.07.02 apply a variety of pre-writing strategies for both narrative (e.g., graphic organizers designed to develop a plot that includes major and minor characters, builds climax, and uses dialogue to enhance a theme) and informational writing (e.g., problem/solution or sequence). W.PR.07.03 revise drafts for clarity, coherence, and consistency in content, voice, and genre characteristics with audience and purpose in mind. W.PR.07.04 draft focused ideas for a specific purpose using multiple paragraphs, sentence variety, and voice to meet the needs of an audience (e.g., word choice, level of formality, and use of example) when writing compositions. W.PR.07.05 proofread and edit writing using grade-level checklists and other appropriate resources both individually and in groups. W.GR.07.01 in the context of writing, correctly use style conventions (e.g., Modern Language Association Handbook) and a variety of grammatical structures in writing including indefinite and predicate pronouns; transitive and intransitive verbs; adjective and adverbial phrases; adjective and adverbial subordinate clauses; comparative adverbs and adjectives; superlatives, conjunctions; compound sentences; appositives;
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independent and dependent clauses; introductory phrases; periods; commas; quotation marks; and use of underlining and italics for specific purposes. W.SP.07.01 in the context of writing, correctly spell frequently encountered and frequently misspelled words. W.HW.07.01 write neat and legible compositions. W.AT.07.01 be enthusiastic about writing and learning to write. Key Concepts Choosing a seed idea Collecting Crafting Creating a timeline Dialogue Drafting Endings Finding the heart of the story (what you really want to say) Focus Leads Memoir Mentor texts Nurturing Reflection Revision Sequence Small moment Writer’s notebook Duration:

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