• UNIT: Creating Effective Citizens
    Day 8
    Focus: Practice Take a Stand Essay
    Mini Lesson:  Use a graphic organizer and rubric to create your "Take a Stand" essay. 
    SDScaffolding Decisions:  If your students have little knowledge of the Core Democratic Values, this may be a time to review them.  See CDV activity.

    Connection: Yesterday, you analyzed other students" writing on a "Take a Stand" essay and looked at the rubric to see how to write a complete essay.  Today, we are going to use that knowledge to plan and practice an essay.  We will use "Look, Label, and Decide" before we write.

    Teaching Point:
    1.  Model "Look, Label, and Decide" using data section.
    2.  Writing this essay asks for specific components:
    • statement of position
    • CDV
    • information from data
    • prior knowledge (Grade 9)
    We know organizers can help us organize our thoughts.  Our graphic organizer will help you include all portions of the rubric for completing the essay successfully. 
    SDScaffolding Decisions:  If the teachers in the grades below you use a different organizer, insert that one here.
    3.  Model how to complete the graphic organizer using the data section provided.  See organizer sheet if you have not used this one before.
    Active Engagement:
    Small groups will take information, look at it, label it, and decide a position. 
    Individually, students will plug the information into a graphic organizer.
    Share student work.  Discuss why the organizer helps us.
    NOTE:  Explain to students they will have to draw their own organizer on the test.  You will not be able to provide them with one.
    Point out strengths in their work.
    Tomorrow, we will take our information in our pencil organizer and learn how to write an  essay from our thoughts and information.
    cAdd Use the Pencil Organizer (Grade 6) and "ipod" organizer (Grade 9).
Last Modified on February 14, 2018