6th Grade Writing Lesson Plans For Free Download
As part of the ongoing series of helping teachers with immediately downloadable lessons, here is one 6th grade writing lesson plans for you to use. In particular, this lesson plan focuses on utilizing genres for literature. Of particular note is that this can also be used for 7th and 8th grades as well, and is not limited to merely 6th grade writing.
Here is an expert from the lesson plan itself.
Correlation to National Standards:
Language Arts—International Reading Association/National Council of Teachers of English Standards for the English Language Arts: Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
Objective: Students will select a literary genre, after study of these formats in class, and write a story.
Time Required: 7 class periods, plus homework assignments.
1) Review genres studied to date:
a. Brainstorm a list of genres studied (e.g. realistic fiction, fable, mystery, legend, science fiction, humor, fantasy)
b. Divide class into small groups, one for each genre on list.
c. Assign each group: Create a list of 3 to 5 characteristics of your genre and 3 to 5 examples of literature in this genre.
d. Return to large group setting and share results, listing the characteristics on the chart/board with the genres.
e. Ask students to pick their two favorite genres.
2) Explain to the students that they will be writing a story that will be published as a paperback book.
Homework assignment: Develop a basic plot line of a short story for each of the two genres selected.
1) Peer discussion of plot lines:
a. Divide class into groups of two to three students.
b. Students share their homework assignments.
c. Encourage students to give feedback on and help generate ideas for the plot lines of their teammate, as well as validate genre format.
Homework assignment: Select one story line and begin to develop the plot line with feedback from your group.
1) Use class time to work on writing stories.
Homework assignment: Complete first draft of story.
Day Four: Peer Editing
1. Students self-select partners and read one another’s first drafts.
2. Each student prepares three types of feedback on the story read:
a. Compliments—what you liked, what is especially effective
b. Suggestions—make positive suggestions about organization, sentence structure, use of detail, word choice, etc.
c. Corrections—grammar, punctuation and spelling corrections.
Homework assignment: Write a second draft based on peer review.
Content: Evaluate writing for evidence of understanding the components of the genre selected.
Process: Observe individual participation in peer review and peer editing, as the giver and recipient.
-Pair two or more students to create a story in a specific genre.
-Also, pair students together whose skills complement one another to ensure success.
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