The lessons below are modeled on the paired passage writing prompt for the Georgia Milestones end-of-grade and end-of-course tests. The lessons include two passages, three selective response questions with an analysis of the answers, a short constructed response, and an extended response. The lesson also includes detailed instructions for a strategy to enable students to write a well-crafted extended essay. (For more paired passage example lessons, please see Informational Writing Lessons, Grades 9-12.)
The mini-unit above is based on the 2009 released NAEP test. The texts discuss the problems of invasive species.
This mini-unit is based on Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet and a newspaper article about a nine year old boy who survives in the wilderness by himself, thanks to tips from the TV show, Bear Grylls.
Vocabulary Strategy Sample: 5-Cycle Process for words Centered around Theme/Central Messages or Readings