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Unit 3: Learning From Students’ Work and Teachers’ Lessons

3.3.3 CCSS-Informed Lessons: Grades 6 through 8

Grade 7: People We Admire: Writing Firsthand Biographies to Inquire and Inform

This lesson teaches students to move from writing about themselves to writing about someone who is significant, and from narrating to presenting information. As students conduct research, they learn to gather data through interviewing, researching family histories, and interpreting verbal and written information.

Grade 7 Honors: Wrestling with the Abstract: Learning to Write Reflective, Analytical Essays

This lesson guides students to write an essay about an abstract idea — such as responsibility — through a process of identifying and defining, not only what the idea is, but also what it is not. Students draw on a wide range of print and digital texts to develop a definition of the idea and make use of narrative, informational, and argumentative text types/writing as examples for their reflection and analysis.