Quarter 1, Week 7

TeacherElizabeth Savory
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8th
Week #7
Unit of InstructionArgument Writing
Standard(s) Taught

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.1.1b Support claim with logical reasoning and relevant evidence

LAFS.8.W.1.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion

LAFS.8.W.1.1d Establish and maintain formal style

LAFS.8.W.1.1a Provide concluding section that follows from and supports the argument presented

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

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • To choose relevant supporting evidence to support a claim
  • To plan and organize ideas before writing
  • To write an effective introduction with clear claim
  • To write an effective body paragraph with relevant supporting evidence and clear reasoning
  • To introduce and cite evidence
  • To effectively address counterclaims in body paragraph
  • To appropriately use formal, persuasive tone
Classroom Activities

Highlighting sources for evidence


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

ThinkCERCA direct instruction lessons and applied reading and writing

Power writing bell-ringers

Annotating model paragraphs to create toolkits

Shared (whole-class), paired, and independent writing of introduction, body and counterclaim paragraph

ThinkCERCA direct instruction lessons and applied reading and writing

Assignments Due

Planning sheet

Introduction paragraph

Body paragraph

Counterclaim paragraph

Additional Resources

Power Point

ThinkCERCA direct instruction and applied reading/writing lessons

Performance Assessment booklet

Articles from ThinkCERCA

Model paragraphs for bell-ringers