• Monday: Performance Task: Write a Nonfiction Narrative


        1. Jump Start Discussion: Events That Change People
          1. Students answer the following two questions in their discussion assignment:
            1. What are some key events one experiences as he or she grows up?
            2. Why are these experiences important
        2. Performance Task Overview
          1. Students will understand what they are being asked to do in the assignment.
          2. They will be describing an event that changed the life of someone they know.
        3. Elements of a Nonfiction Narrative
          1. Review what it is
          2. What a well-written nonfiction narrative includes
        4. Interactive Practice
          1. "Red Roses" projected from the Interactive Teacher's Edition
          2. Students identify elements of a nonfiction narrative such as dialogue, vivid, descriptive details, and a conclusion that reflects on the experiences in the narrative.
        5. Academic Vocabulary
          1. Discussion
            1. In what ways should our academic vocabulary be used in our narratives?
        6. Prewriting/Planning
          1. Students choose their topic
            1. Think about a person and event that they want to focus on
          2. Gather Evidence
            1. Students consider how well they remember the experience they are writing about
            2. Encourage them to interview others
          3. Connect Across Texts
            1. Review the text and video more than once before beginning to write and see if the experience that they are writing about relates to the selections.
            2. Take note of how the selections are similar and/or different from the experiences they plan to write about.
        7. Evidence Log
          1. Review your Evidence Log and identify key details you may want to cite in your nonfiction narrative


    Tuesday: Drafting Day 1


        1. Drafting
          1. Organize a Sequence of Events
            1. Students tell story in chronological order.
            2. Create a timeline before writing (use chart on page 36).
          2. Write First Draft
            1. Begin with an exciting detail that hints at the story's conclusion
            2. Create a smooth progression of events or experiences
            3. Show, don't tell
            4. Add dialogue to bring people to life
            5. Conclude with an original observation about the importance of the event


        1. Create Cohesion: Transitions
          1. Read "Transitions" excerpt on page 37.
          2. Read It
            1. Encourage use of transitions to strengthen writing
            2. Make It Interactive: "Red Roses"
          3. Write It
            1. Draft your narrative


    Wednesday: Drafting Day 2


        1. Students continue drafting their nonfiction narrative


    Thursday: Revisions


        1. Revising (Use Checklist on Page 38)
          1. Evaluating Your Draft Self-Assessment
          2. Revising for Focus and Organization
            1. Clear Conclusion Check
          3. Precise Language Check


    Friday: Peer Reviews


        1. Peer Review
          1. Checklist
        2. Editing and Proofreading
          1. Check for proper formatting of dialogue
          2. Edit for conventions
          3. Proofread for accuracy
        3. Publishing and Presenting
          1. Before review, students will be reminded to:
            1. Be honest but respectful
            2. Use formal language
            3. Don't just agree; build on ideas
            4. Disagree respectfully
          2. Create a final version of your narrative
          3. Turn in on One Note
        4. Reflection
          1. Engage in discussion board activity in which you:
            1. Discuss what your narrative had in common with your peers
            2. Reflect on what you learned as you wrote your narrative? In what ways did writing about past experiences heighten your understanding of them?