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Writing Curriculum Calendar By Week

WEEK

Dates

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

August 25
August 27th
th

September
1st
September
3rd

IDEAS
Unit Essential Question:
How can we come up with good ideas for
personal writing?

IDEAS
Unit Essential Question:
How can we come up with good ideas for
personal writing?

Core Content & CC


Standards
CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.3

Write narratives to
develop real or
imagined experiences
or events using
effective technique,
well-chosen details
and well-structured
event sequences.
CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.8

Gather relevant
information from
multiple print and
digital sources, assess
the credibility and
accuracy of each
source, and integrate
the information while
avoiding plagiarism.

Resources/Materials/
Assessments
Resources:
Brainstorm Web GO
Assessment:
Six Traits Rubric
Ideas Rubric
Link to Rubric

Resources:
RAFTS
Call it out
Picture This

Assessment:
Link to Rubric

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.B

September
8th
September
10th

Develop the topic


IDEAS
Unit Essential Question: How can we take our with relevant, wellchosen facts,
ideas from broad to specific?
definitions, concrete
details, quotations, or
other information
and examples.

Resources:

Assessment:
Link to Rubric

September
15th
September
17th

WEEK #
5

IDEAS
Unit Essential Question: How can we take our CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.B
Develop the topic
ideas from broad to specific?
with relevant, wellchosen facts,
definitions, concrete
details, quotations, or
other information
and examples.

#Days

September
22
September
24

September
29th
October
1st

October 6th
October 8th

UNIT TITLE AND ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

CONVENTIONS
Unit Essential Questions: Why does
grammar matter?
How has grammar been changed by
technology?

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: WHAT
DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONAL STYLES
(TEXT STRUCTURES) ARE THERE?

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
WRITE A GOOD INTRODUCTION?

Core Content & CC


Standards
CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.5

Develop and
strengthen writing as
needed by planning,
revising, editing,
rewriting, or trying a
new approach.
CCSS.ELALITERACY.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.
CCSS.ELALITERACY.W.8.2.A
Introduce a topic clearly,
previewing what is to

Resources:
GO of webbing
Assessment:
Link to Rubric

Resources/Materials/
Assessments
Resources:
6 Traits Writing Workbook
Assessment:
Check student edits on sample
paper
Resources:
GO's from 6 Traits Writing
Book
Assessment:

Resources:

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.

Assessment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.E

October
13th
October
15th

October
20th
October
22nd

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
WRITE A GOOD CONLUSION?

*LAST WEEK OF FIRST GRADING PERIOD*

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
BEEF UP MY BODY PARAGRAPHS WITH
TEXT BASED EVIDENCE?

Provide a concluding
statement or section
that follows from and
supports the
argument presented.

Resources:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.B

Resources:

Develop the topic


with relevant, wellchosen facts,
definitions, concrete
details, quotations, or
other information
and examples.

Assessment:

Assessment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4

10

11

October
27th
October
29th

November
3rd
November
5th

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: WHAT TYPES
OF PLANNING WORKS BEST FOR ME?
(HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT
GRAPHIC ORGANIZER FOR MY
WRITING ASSIGNMENT?)

Produce clear and


coherent writing in
which the
development,
organization, and
style are appropriate
to task, purpose, and
audience

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
WRITE GREAT TRANSITIONS?

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.C

Use a variety of
transition words,
phrases, and clauses
to convey sequence,

Resources:

Assessment:

Resources:

signal shifts from one


time frame or setting
to another, and show
the relationships
among experiences
and events.

Assessment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4

12

November
10TH
November
12TH

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: WHAT TYPES
OF TEXT STRUCTURES DO MY
FAVORITE AUTHORS USE AND WHY?

Produce clear and


coherent writing in
which the
development,
organization, and
style are appropriate
to task, purpose, and
audience.

Resources:

Assessment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.C

13

FALL
BREAK

14

15

November
17th
November
19th

November
3rd
November
5th
December
1st
December
3rd

December

ORGANIZATION/CONVENTIONS
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
WRITE GREAT TRANSITIONS?

FALL BREAK

CONVENTIONS
Unit Essential Questions: WHAT
STRATEGIES CAN I USE TO IMPROVE
MY SPELLING?
PUBLISH
Unit Essential Questions: HOW SHOULD

Use appropriate and


varied transitions to
create cohesion and
clarify the
relationships among
ideas and concepts.
FALL BREAK

Resources:

Assessment:
FALL BREAK

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.D

Use precise language


and domain-specific
vocabulary to inform
about or explain the
topic.

Resources:

Assessment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6

Use technology,

Resources:

8th
December
10th

MY WRITING LOOK ON THE PRINTED


PAGE?
WHY (& WHERE) SHOULD I PUBLISH?

WEEK #
16

17

#Days
December
15th
December
17th

Unit Title/ Due Dates / Essential


Questions
VOICE
Unit Essential Questions: How do my
favorite authors use their voice in
writing?

December
22nd
December
24th

WINTER BREAK

December
29th
December
31st

WINTER BREAK

January

VOICE
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I

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.

Core Content & CC


Standards

Assessment:

Resources/Materials/
Assessments

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3

Write narratives to
develop real or
imagined experiences
or events using
effective technique,
relevant descriptive
details, and wellstructured event
sequences.

Resources:

WINTER BREAK

WINTER BREAK

WINTER BREAK

Assessment:

WINTER BREAK

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3

Write narratives to

Resources:

5th
January
7th

SPEAK TO MY READER?

develop real or
imagined experiences
or events using
effective technique,
relevant descriptive
details, and wellstructured event
sequences.

Assessment:

Writing Curriculum Calendar By Week


WEEK #

#Days

18

January 12th
January
HOW DO I CHOOSE MORE POWERFUL
14th
NOUNS, VERBS & ADJECTIVES?

19

20

January 19
January 21

January 26
January 28th

Unit Title/ Due Dates / Essential


Questions
WORD CHOICE

VOICE
Unit Essential Questions: HOW CAN I
BE MORE PERSONAL IN MY
WRITING?

PUBLISH
Unit Essential Questions: HOW
SHOULD MY WRITING LOOK ON THE
PRINTED PAGE?
WHY (& WHERE) SHOULD I

Core Content & CC


Standards
CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.9

Draw evidence from


literary or
informational texts to
support analysis,
reflection, and
research.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3

Write narratives to
develop real or
imagined experiences
or events using
effective technique,
relevant descriptive
details, and wellstructured event
sequences.

Resources/Materials/
Assessments
Resources:

Assessment:

Resources:

Assessment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6

Use technology,
including the
Internet, to produce
and publish writing
and present the

Resources:

Assessment:

PUBLISH?

21

WEEK #
22

23

February 2nd WORD CHOICE


February
HOW DO AUTHORS USE DESCRIPTIVE
4th
WRITING TO PUT ME IN THEIR WORLD?

#Days
February 9th
February
11th

February
16th
February
18th

Unit Title/ Due Dates / Essential


Questions
SENTENCE FLUENCY
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
VARY MY SENTENCE STRUCTURE?
WHAT EFFECT DOES IT HAVE?

SENTENCE FLUENCY
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
VARY MY SENTENCE STRUCTURE?
WHAT EFFECT DOES IT HAVE

relationships
between information
and ideas efficiently
as well as to interact
and collaborate with
others.
CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.9

Resources:

Draw evidence from


literary or
informational texts to
support analysis,
reflection, and
research.

Assessment:

Core Content & CC


Standards

Resources/Materials/
Assessments

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.4

Resources:

Produce clear and


coherent writing in
which the
development,
organization, and
style are appropriate
to task, purpose, and
audience.

Assessment:

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.4

Resources:

Produce clear and


coherent writing in
which the
development,
organization, and

Assessment:

style are appropriate


to task, purpose, and
audience.
24

25

February 23 SENTENCE FLUENCY


February
Unit Essential Questions: WHAT ARE
25th
COMPOUND AND COMPLEX
SENTENCES?

March 1
March 3rd
st

SENTENCE FLUENCY
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO
POETS USE SENTENCE FLUENCY TO
ACHIEVE THE EFFECTS THEY WANT?

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.4

Produce clear and


coherent writing in
which the
development,
organization, and
style are appropriate
to task, purpose, and
audience.
CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.9

Draw evidence from


literary or
informational texts to
support analysis,
reflection, and
research.

Resources:

Assessment:

Resources:

Assessment:

Writing Curriculum Calendar By Week


WEEK #
26

#Days
March
8th
March
10th

Unit Title / Essential Questions

Core Content & CC


Standards

PUBLISH
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I BEST
PRESENT MY WRITING TO OTHERS?

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.

Resources/Materials/
Assessments
Resources:

Assessment:

March
15th
March
17th
27

March
22nd
March
24th

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

POETRY/IDEAS
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
GENERATE IDEAS FOR PERSONAL
NARRATIVE POEMS?

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.9

Draw evidence from


literary or
informational texts to
support analysis,
reflection, and
research.

SPRING BREAK

Resources:

Assessment:

*LAST WEEK OF THIRD GRADING PERIOD*

28

WEEK #

29

March
29th
March
31st

POETRY/IDEAS
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
GENERATE IDEAS FOR PERSONAL
NARRATIVE POEMS?

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.9

#Days

Unit Title / Essential Questions

Core Content & CC


Standards

Resources/Materials/
Assessments

POETRY
Unit Essential Questions: WHAT STYLES
OF POETRY ARE THERE? WHAT STYLE
SHOULD I USE TO DEVELOP MY POEM
IDEAS?

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.3

Resources:
Bronx Masquerade & Other
Classroom Poetry Books.

POETRY

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.5

April
5th
April
7th

Draw evidence from


literary or
informational texts to
support analysis,
reflection, and
research.

Write narratives to
develop real or
imagined experiences
or events using
effective technique,
well-chosen details
and well-structured
event sequences.

Resources:
sample work from last year
Assessment:
poetry rubric

Assessment:

30

31

32

April
12th
April
14th

April
19th
April
21st

April
26th
April
28th

Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I


REVISE MY POEMS?

POETRY
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I EDIT
MY POEMS?

POETRY
Unit Essential Questions: WHAT IS A
POETRY SLAM? HOW DO I PARTICIPATE
?

Develop and
strengthen writing as
needed by planning,
revising, editing,
rewriting, or trying a
new approach.

Resources:

CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.5

Resources:
Word Choice worksheets to
improve simple adjectives

Develop and
strengthen writing as
needed by planning,
revising, editing,
rewriting, or trying a
new approach.
CCSS.ELALITERACY.CCRA.W.10

Assessment:

Assessment:

Resources:
Heard 'Em Say video of Tampa
teens speaking poetry

Write routinely over


extended time frames
(time for research,
reflection, and
Assessment:
revision) and shorter
time frames (a single
sitting or a day or
two) for a range of
tasks, purposes, and
audiences.

Writing Curriculum Calendar By Week


WEEK #
33

#Days
May
3rd
May
5th

Unit Title / Essential Questions

Core Content & CC


Standards

Resources/Materials/
Assessments

ANNUAL SPELLING BEE/ CONVENTIONS


Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
STUDY FOR THE SPELLING BEE?

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4
Produce clear and coherent
writing in which the development,
organization, and style are
appropriate to task, purpose, and
audience. (Grade-specific
expectations for writing types are
defined in standards 1-3 above.)

Resources:
video of last year's bee and
study skills unit in textbook

Assessment:
34

35

36

37

May
10th
May
12th

May
17th
May
19th

ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
WRITE A RESUME?
ORGANIZATION
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
WRITE A RESUME?

May
24th
May
26th

PUBLISH
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
PUBLISH AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO?

May
31st
June
1st

PUBLISH
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
PUBLISH AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO?

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4
Produce clear and coherent
writing in which the development,
organization, and style are
appropriate to task, purpose, and
audience. (Grade-specific
expectations for writing types are
defined in standards 1-3 above.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4
Produce clear and coherent
writing in which the development,
organization, and style are
appropriate to task, purpose, and
audience. (Grade-specific
expectations for writing types are
defined in standards 1-3 above.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.10
Write routinely over extended
time frames (time for research,
reflection, and revision) and
shorter time frames (a single
sitting or a day or two) for a range
of discipline-specific tasks,
purposes, and audiences.

Resources:

Assessment:
Resources:
online resume templates
Assessment:
Resources:

Assessment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.10
Write routinely over extended
time frames (time for research,
reflection, and revision) and
shorter time frames (a single
sitting or a day or two) for a range
of discipline-specific tasks,
purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6
Use technology, including the
Internet, to produce and
publish writing and present
the relationships between
information and ideas

Resources:

Assessment:

efficiently as well as to
interact and collaborate with
others.

38

June
7th
June
9th

PUBLISH
Unit Essential Questions: HOW DO I
PUBLISH AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO?

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.10
Write routinely over extended
time frames (time for research,
reflection, and revision) and
shorter time frames (a single
sitting or a day or two) for a range
of discipline-specific tasks,
purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.

Resources:

Assessment: