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How to Write

a Paragraph:
(Without this, everything we teach
them will be like fresh paint on a
crumbling house.)

Paragraph-Writing Skills We
Can All Teach Every Year:
1. Topic sentences
2. Supporting the Topic
Sentence

3. Sentence Combining for


Flow*
Forming compound and
complex sentences
Eliminating repetition
4. Avoiding/Eliminating
Sentence Problems
Fragments
Run-ons and Comma
Splices
5. Transitioning to the next
paragraph

Grammar

Genres and
Forms for
Publication

OD Demand
Writing
(ODW forms and elements to
focus on.)

Content
Area
Writing
(Writing options in
each content area.)

(Writing Rubrics!*)
1. Narrative*
(Article/Essay)
2. 3.5 Essay
(argumentative
and/or
informative)
3. Poem

Parts of Speech:
POS Pretest
Nouns (including Pronouns)
Verbs (including the to be verbs)
Adjectives
Adverbs
Prepositions
Conjunctions (coordinating)
Phrases:
Noun
Verb
Preposition
Grammatical Problems:
Subject/Verb agreement
Pronoun/Antecedent agreement

Narrative
Article/Essay*
Intro Skills:
Snapshot/Descriptive &
Creating Tension
through Suspense
(Hints)
Body and Transition Skills:
Chronological Structure
w/Flashback &
Climax (exploded
moment)
Conclusion Skills:
Wrap-Around/Framing
Device
Retrospective: creating
meaning (What I
learned from this
event, what it meant to
my life, etc)

3.5 Essay (Inf. &


Arg.)
Intro Skills:
Snapshot/Descriptive

Main Idea (inf) / Claim


(arg)
Body and Transition Skills:
Organization of the body will
vary depending on the type of
Claim.
Idea support (FACED) &
Connecting Support to
Reasoning
Counter-claim and rebuttal

Social Studies:
Monologue
One-Act Play
Historical
Fiction
Article
Science:
Article (with
research)
Cause/Effect
Problem/Sol
ution
Compare
Contrast
Argument
(expanded
CRE)
Related Arts
Review (of a
performanc
e)
Composition
(i.e., one act
play in
drama, song
lyrics in
music)
Artist
Statement
(i.e., VA
prompt)

Mechani
cs
(The rules and
common errors of
Capitalization, Usage,
Punctuation & Spelling
{CUPS})

Capitalizatio
n:
Usage:
Then vs Than
Passed vs Passed
A vs An
Double Negatives
There/Their/Theyr
e
Modals (i.e.,
couldve vs could
of)
Whose v Whos

Punctuation:
1. Commas
In compound
and
complex
sentences
In lists
(Oxford
Comma!)
After prep
phrases and
adverbs
(sentence
starts)
2. How to
punctuate
dialogue
3. Apostrophes
in
contractions

Whole-School Writing Plan Overview (Grade 6)

GP

GP1

How to Write a
Paragraph
1. Baseline
Paragraph
Diagnostic
2. Tony Hawk
Mini-lesson

Publication

Start Narrative
Article/Essay

On Demand

Baseline OD
(Narrative
Stand-alone)
Get the prompt
here.

Continue
Narrative

Peer review
baseline OD

Content
Area
Writing
These should
be filled in
team by
team as you
look at the
other
contents
together.

Mechanics
CUPS

Grammar

Vocab and
Roots
For 6th Grade

C:
U:
Then v Than
Past v
Passed
P:
Commas in
compound
and complex
sentences
How to
Punctuate
Dialogue
S:

POS Pretest

Parts of
Speech as a
System
(Prezi & POS
Round-up)

Intro Project
in the first week or
two.

(You can use the


model PPT and even
let them download
it and use it as a
template to fill in if
you want.)

Project
Presentati
ons at about
week three or four.

(You can use the


Project Score Sheet
or let them create a
rubric with the
Template.)

Intro Vocab
Assignmen
ts
(You can use this
PPT to explain the
assignments)

GP2

1. Model and
Practice
2. Analyze
paragraphs in
Narrative/
baseline On
Demand
have them go
back to their
own writing
how are their
paragraphs?
3. Sentence
combining for
smooth flow.
a. Intro to
sentence
combining

C:
U:
Avoiding Dbl
Negs
A v An
P:

Commas
in compound
& complex
sentences
(Also avoiding
unnecessary
commas in
complex
sentences starting
with dependent
clauses.)

S:

Nouns and
Noun Phrases
Pronouns

Vocab
Assessment
GP2
Weekly vocab
assignments
(HWK)

GP

How to
Write a
Paragraph

GP3

GP4

Publication

On Demand

Mechanics (CUPS)

Grammar

Vocab and
Roots
For 6th Grade

3.5 Argument
Essay

Paragraph
Analysis
(models and
baseline FA
PB)

Summative On
Demand
(narrative
essay/article)

Baseline On
Demand
(Feature Article
Passage-based)
Continue 3.5
Arg Essay

Get the prompt.

Peer review
Baseline FA PB
GP5

Content Area
Writing

Poem

These should
be filled in
team by team
as you look at
the other
contents
together.

C:
U:
Avoiding pronounantecedent
mistakes.
Youre v Your
Whose v whos
P:
Apostrophes in
contractions and
possessives
Commas in lists
S:
C:
U:
Modals (ie,
couldve v could
have)
P:
Commas after
prepositional
phrases and adverbs
at the beginning of
sentences
S:
C:
U: Subject/Verb

Verbs and
Verb Phrases
Prepositions
and
preposition
phrases

Start simple
diagramming:
noun, verb,
and
preposition
phrases

Vocab
assessment
GP3
Weekly vocab
assignments
(HWK)

Vocab
assessment
GP4
Weekly vocab
assignments
(HWK)

Vocab
assessment

agreement
P: Revisit punctuating
dialogue
S:
GP6

Cont Poem

Summative OD
(FA PB)

GP5
Weekly vocab
assignments
(HWK)
Subjects &
Predicates

Vocab
assessment
GP6
Weekly vocab
assignments
(HWK)