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Unit 2: Planning Lessons for Informational and Argument Writing

Sample Lessons: Secondary

Grades 6–8

Liz Harrington (English teacher, San Gabriel Unified School District) and her middle school students will draw on their reading of print, digital texts, and infographics about upstanders to write editorials for the school newspaper in which they explain what an upstander is and how their school would benefit from having more upstanders on campus. Digital products include podcasts or digital stories of the editorials and “Be an Upstander” public service announcements. While both the editorials and digital versions will use informative writing as example and evidence, the genre and purpose for both are argument and advocacy.

Middle School Lesson

Grades 9–12

Amanda von Kleist (Hamilton Unified School District) will be working with her multi-grade Special Education students to create informational Glogster posters that explain the concept of upstander and describe the actions and traits of a specific upstander from history or the present.

Multi-Grade Special Education Lesson

Norma Mota Altman (English Language Development teacher, Alhambra Unified School District) and her multi-grade English learners will write informational essays that define what it means to be an upstander, using historical or current upstanders as illustrations and examples. Texts for students’ research will include digital texts from news sites and video clips on bullying.

Multi-Grade English Learner Lesson

Marlene Carter (English teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District) will teach her high school students to explore their own personal experiences with standing up for themselves or for others, connect those experiences to literary readings about upstanders and speeches by upstanders, and research digital texts that address historical figures such as the Freedom Riders. Students will then write an analytical essay through which they discuss the benefits and risks of being an upstander, using examples from their experience, reading, and research. The analytical essay draws on narrative and informative examples and evidence, but its purpose is to argue for and defend a claim.

Multi-Grade Lesson