Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 8 by Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Mary Ehrenworth, Cornelius Minor, Kate Roberts, Katy Wischow, Julie Shepherd, Audra Robb, Gerrit Jones-Rooy. A Common Core Workshop Curriculum
Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 8
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Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 8

A Common Core Workshop Curriculum

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Mary Ehrenworth, Cornelius Minor, Kate Roberts, Katy Wischow, Julie Shepherd, Audra Robb, Gerrit Jones-Rooy

With the help of Lucy and her TCRWP colleagues, eighth-graders begin the year tackling writing for social activism as they are called to use sharp observations of life to shine a light on community issues. Students blossom in the second unit as skilled literary essayists, supporting their positions with details of plot, character, and craft. In the final unit of the series, students showcase the skills they have learned to craft position papers. 


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About the Grade 8 Units

Eighth grade is the year your writers will tackle writing for social activism and writing to illuminate complexity. In their first unit of study, Investigative Journalism, students learn to use sharp observations of life to write news and investigative articles about meaningful topics, crafting vivid narratives and elaborating multiple perspectives. They’ll write to shine a light on issues in their community and to actively stir their readers to take action. Then in Unit 2, The Literary Essay: Analyzing Craft and Theme, students return to literary essays, writing arguments and counterarguments about themes in texts, supporting their positions with details of plot, character, and author’s craft. Eighth graders conclude with Unit 3, Position Papers: Research and Argument. In this unit students learn to compose principled arguments by drawing on evidence, contextualizing their positions, and addressing multiple perspectives.

About the Series

Like the K–5 Units of Study series, the Middle School Units of Study series not only provides a coherent, systematic curriculum in the three types of writing mandated by the Common Core—opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing—it also reflects the latest research on data-based, responsive instruction.

Components of the Grade 8 product bundle—with New Resources!

New Resources

  • Online Resources for Teaching Writing—New Format!
  • Online Video Orientations—New!

Three Units of Study

  • organized around the three types of writing mandated by the Common Core: argument, information, and narrative writing
  • lay out 4-5 weeks of instruction (16-18 sessions) in each unit
  • include all of the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small-group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum
  • model Lucy and her colleagues’ carefully crafted teaching moves and language

A Guide to the Writing Workshop, Middle School Grades

  • crystallizes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective writing workshop instruction (The Guide, now available for separate purchase, can be an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about writing workshop).

If… Then… Curriculum 

  • offers additional units of study
  • presents if/then conferring scenarios that support targeted instruction and differentiation

Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions

  • organized around a grades 6-8 learning progression across argument, information, and narrative writing
  • includes performance assessments, student checklists, rubrics, and leveled writing exemplars

View Now! Units of Study for Teaching Writing Video Orientations, Grades K-8 

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To learn more about the Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing series, visit UnitsofStudy.com

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PD Resources From Lucy Calkins

Workshops

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PD Resources From Mary Ehrenworth

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PD Resources From Kate Roberts

Speakers

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Katy Wischow directly about professional development support.

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Julie Shepherd directly about professional development support.

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Audra Robb directly about professional development support.

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Gerrit Jones-Rooy directly about professional development support.