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Unit 2: Planning Lessons for Informational and Argument Writing

Building a Knowledge Base

Time to Apply

Compare what you saw in the video to the CCSS Research to Build and Present Knowledge writing standards for grades 6–8. Which phrases in these standards describe how the students are addressing them?

Did you focus on standard 7?

  • Short research projects that answer the question of what effects child labor has on the American consumer
  • Drawing on several sources for examples of child labor

The lesson in the video is part of a larger unit in which the students are required to read a variety of texts, illustrating these phrases from Writing Standards 8 and 9:

  • Gather relevant information from multiple sources
  • Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

The students are clearly building a knowledge base through reading and research that will prepare them for addressing the writing prompt.