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Leading to Great Places in the Middle School Classroom

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Leading to Great Places in the Middle School Classroom

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

Tapping existing texts for models is one of the best strategies for writer's workshop. This lesson examines types of leads in prominent young adult literature and asks students to search for great leads and then try their own hand at writing leads. Students rank several leads from novels as they are read aloud, and then discuss their rankings. Working in small groups, students read alternative leads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They then act as a marketing group to select the best lead. Next, students create two new leads for a novel, using different strategies for each. Finally, students apply this process to their own writing, working in pairs to create two alternative leads to something they have written.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
5 ) Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot. [RL.6.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
25 ) With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three Language standards in Grades K-6.) [W.6.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
30 ) Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision, and shorter time frames such as a single sitting or a day or two for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. [W.6.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
3 ) Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). [RL.7.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.3- Identify the plot of a story including exposition, conflicts/rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; describe how the dynamic character changes throughout a story (beginning, middle, and end).


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
24 ) With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three standards in the Language strand in Grades K-7.) [W.7.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
3 ) Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. [RL.8.3]


NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Cognitive Target::
  • Identify textually explicit information within and across texts such as character traits, sequence of events or actions, setting, (identify) figurative language.
  • Consider text(s) critically to evaluate a character's motivations and decisions.

NAEP Descriptor::
Evaluate and explain which story character is most important and provide specific info. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Support opinion about author's creation of mood in a story. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer character trait from story details to provide a description. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Evaluate character development using text support from beginning and end of a story. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Use story events to support an opinion about a character's behavior. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Evaluate and explain which story character is most important and provide specific support. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Evaluate author's craft in literary nonfiction and support opinion.

NAEP Descriptor::
Interpret description to recognize how a story character feels. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize main purposes of sentences from literary nonfiction text. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize character's statement and explain with support from the story. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer story character's feelings to provide a description. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Describe how main character's feelings change over the course of the story. (Integrate and Interpret)



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.8.3- Identify how aspects of a character are revealed through events in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
24 ) With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three standards in the Language strand in Grades K-8.) [W.8.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
28 ) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. [W.8.9]

a. Apply Grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new"). [W.8.9a]

b. Apply Grade 8 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced"). [W.8.9b]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.8.28- Draw evidence from a literary or informational text to support an analysis or research topic.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
29 ) Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision, and shorter time frames such as a single sitting or a day or two for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. [W.8.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
30 ) Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.8.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion. [SL.8.1a]

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed. [SL.8.1b]

c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas. [SL.8.1c]

d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented. [SL.8.1d]

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