Unit 6: The Literary Essay
One of my favorite units of the year will be much different this year due the Corvid-19 virus that has affected Korea and many other parts of the world. Fortunately, Jeju Island, where we live, hasn’t had too many cases. Coincidentally, virtual school begins on the same day as our new writing unit. As a result, all of the lessons have become virtual. The plan for us in grade six is to maintain as much of the workshop as possible, virtually. The lessons will consist of a minilesson video, followed by independent work and conferencing through Google Hangouts, then a share (done in hangouts/FlipGrid). These lessons will continue for at least the next two weeks.
**Update: We’re continuing for another two weeks (3/32-4/6). It’s looking like the entire unit may be virtual.
Unit 5: Social Issues Book Clubs
We started the new year and semester with Social Issues Book Clubs, a grade 6-8 reading unit from TCRWP. Our goal in the unit is to help students develop a stronger sense of empathy through an analysis of character and group relationships. Building on ‘A Deep Study of Character’, we use issues between characters, groups, and power imbalances to grow our understanding of characters and themes.
Unit 4: Research-Based Information Writing
Following right up on the non-fiction reading unit, we begin non-fiction writing. A goal of ours this year was to constantly remind students to read like writers in the previous unit. I feel I was able to do that this year and the kids are primed to produce good work in this unit. We’ll cover two bends before the holiday break and then create e-books in January.
Unit 3: Tapping the Power of Non-fiction
It’s November and we are just beginning our third unit of the year. We started the year with five days of reading before getting in to units one and two. In the next two months, we’ll do bends one and two of the reading and writing non-fiction units.
Unit 2: A Deep Study of Character
Unit 1: Personal Narrative
Here is the playlist for Unit 1: Personal Narratives – Crafting Powerful Personal Narratives. The units come from the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project Grade 6 Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing.
Here is my first playlist to go public. This is the first week of school for grade 6. Our goal was to establish some reading norms before moving on to the first unit on writing personal narratives.
Unit 0.5: Setting Up Reading Norms