Quarter 1, Week 6

TeacherElizabeth Savory
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8th
Week #6
Unit of InstructionArgument Writing, Culture and Belonging
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.8.SL.1.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media

8.RI.3.7 Determine the advantages and disadvantages of media

LAFS.8.W.1.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence

LAFS.8.W.1.1a Introduce claim, distinguish from opposing claim, organize reasons and evidence logically

LAFS.8.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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

LAFS.8.RI.1.1 Cite textual evidence that supports inferences

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • To determine filmmaker’s purpose and main ideas
  • To make connections between texts and film
  • To analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media
  • To choose relevant supporting evidence to support a claim
  • To identify pros and cons in an argument
  • To plan and organize ideas before writing
  • To write an effective introduction with hook and clear claim
Classroom Activities

Watch ‘New Immigrants Share Their Stories’ documentary

Class discussion on film’s themes, students’ reactions, and documentary as a medium

Free writes and power writes (timed) as bell ringers

Rotation stations/Blended learning

Highlighting sources for relevant evidence

Brainstorming pros and cons of various topics

Organizing ideas on planning sheets

Shared (whole-class), paired, and independent planning

ThinkCERCA direct instruction lessons and applied reading and writing


Assignments Due

A Place to Call Home quiz

ThinkCERCA direct instruction quizzes: Evidence and Reasoning

Performance Assessment Argument activities, pages 2-20

Additional Resources

Power Point

My.hrw.com for¬†‘New Immigrants Share Their Stories’ documentary

ThinkCERCA direct instruction and applied reading/writing lessons

Performance Assessment booklet

Articles from ThinkCERCA

Model paragraphs for bell-ringers