TeacherGinger Barnhart
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8
Week #01/14/2019
Unit of InstructionInformative Writing
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.8.RI.1.2 Determine central idea and supporting ideas

LAFS.8.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic

LAFS.8.W.3.7 Conduct short research projects

LAFS.8.W.3.8 Gather information from multiple print and digital sources

LAFS.8.W.3.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

LAFS.8.L.3.6 Acquire and use general academic and domain-specific words and phrases

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • To plan an informative essay and organize research
  • To write an effective introduction with hook and clear claim
  • To write effective body paragraphs
  • To introduce quotes and cite evidence
  • To use connectives and transition between ideas
  • To structure a paragraph with topic sentences
  • To summarize/paraphrase information effectively as well as use quotes
Classroom Activities

Silent Reading

iReady lessons

Shared writing as a class: Adolescence and risk-taking

Independent writing: student chosen topics

Various bell-ringers on hooks, connectives, introducing quotes using model texts and examples

My.hrw.com lessons on conducting research, informative writing

Assignments Due

Independent planning sheet on student-chosen topic

Independent writing—informative essay first draft paragraphs: introduction and at least 1 body paragraph

Additional Resources

Power Point

3 articles from ThinkCERCA on Adolescence and risk for shared writing

Performance Assessment book for models

Internet research, various articles

My.hrw.com lessons on conducting research, informative writing

model paragraphs from student FSA examples

VPortal for typing and submitting essay