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Unit 2: Planning Lessons for Informational and Argument Writing

Precise Use of Language When Researching a Topic or Issue Online

The Common Core Writing and Language standards make frequent mention of teaching students to use language with precision. The previous video lesson illustrated how to scaffold students’ precise use of content or domain-specific language, as well as of the students’ understanding of rhetorical or genre language. In the video lesson that follows, the teacher focuses on helping her 6th grade students understand the importance of using precise and specific language when conducting online research.

Time to View

Watch how the lesson increases students' language and research knowledge simultaneously. After viewing the video, you may wish to download the complete lesson to see the lesson process and scaffolding.

Middle School Example

Improving Research Skills with Effective Keywords External Link

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Time to Reflect

Take a few minutes to reflect upon the following questions about the video:


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Time to Extend

Return to the Lesson Planning Templates you examined in Section 2.1.1 and identify how the teachers use texts or intentionally teach academic vocabulary to increase language knowledge in the following areas: writing for correctness, writing with a style appropriate to task, purpose, and audience, or using precise, domain-specific language.