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Whole Year Writing Mini Lesson Plans for Grade 8

$39.95

Here are your writing lesson plans for the whole year!

Get back to what you love — teaching!  The planning is done for you — mini lessons, lesson plans, examples, student tasks and more.

Five writing assignments:  narrative, memoir, expository, argument, and persuasive that take students from start to finished essay!

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Here are the writing lesson plans you need for the whole year!

Digital and Print. No planning needed for your entire year of writing! These 5 ready-to-use writing sets have everything you need to teach five different writing products.

Your students will go from generating an idea to writing a full essay. And you’ll have time to work with them every step of the way!

No need to stress over what to teach or how you’ll manage all the writing standards!

Spend more time conferencing with students and less time planning with these 104 mini lessons that will guide your students every step of the way through 5 different writing products.

Here’s what teachers are saying about my mini lessons:

  • “I love how this resource breaks down each step of the process for students to make it more manageable.”
  • “Your organization is outstanding, and your thorough planning (with ALL your mini-lessons) is appreciated more than you know. Even if I, myself, spent days creating a set of mini-lessons to use in class, I don’t think they would give me the the comfort and excitement that yours do.”
  • “I love the option of creating a workbook for them at the beginning of the unit, and I especially love the “I Can” statements at the top of each lesson (my principal will love that, too!). The teacher pages are a huge part of what makes this so amazing, though; your instructions, notes, standards, and lesson calendars are so thorough and incredibly helpful. The name of your store really says it all…Just Add Students!!”

These are the five writing lessons you’ll get:

  1. Argumentative Writing (23 mini lessons)
  2. Narrative Writing (21 mini lessons)
  3. Writing a Memoir (20 mini lessons)
  4. Persuasive Writing (20 mini lessons)
  5. Expository Writing (20 mini lessons)

Each resource includes:

  • digital and print versions of each!
  • mini lessons that you can print and bind for a student workbook or give to students as you teach
  • teacher lesson plan chart with suggestions for teaching, standard, assessment, and student task
  • planning calendar
  • list of mini lessons
  • answer key for most common responses

Reasons to love this bundle:

  • CCSS standards for 8th grade writing are covered
  • Bite-sized mini lessons are perfect for writing workshop
  • Writing lesson plans, planning calendar, rubric, student samples, clear directions — all included
  • Complex writing tasks are manageable!
  • Students can work at their own pace. Perfect for differentiating!
  • Use for writing workshop, tutoring, literacy centers, independent work, scaffolding…so many ways to use!!
  • Formative assessments are built right in!
  • Saves you a ton of time! You can get back to teaching!

The Argument Writing Resource Includes:

20 standards-based mini lessons that take your students from defining argument to the finished essay.

Lessons include:

  1. anchor chart for persuasive writing
  2. elements of persuasion: ethos, pathos, logos
  3. analyze a mentor text
  4. find ethos, pathos, logos in mentor text
  5. determine persuasive language in a mentor text
  6. examine the sentence structure in a mentor text
  7. writing task and prompt
  8. expanding ideas
  9. picking a topic
  10. evaluating the strength of your position
  11. know your audience and purpose
  12. write your thesis
  13. create and outline & look for gaps
  14. collecting research
  15. incorporating ethos, pathos, logos
  16. draft #1: maintain a formal style
  17. provide a conclusion
  18. revising for clear, coherent writing
  19. peer review
  20. proofread: demonstrate command of standard English grammar and writing

Additional items in this resource:

  • 2 additional mentor texts for differentiation and scaffolding
  • an editable teacher calendar
  • writing lesson plans for each mini lesson
  • student examples for lessons
  • answer key
  • rubric
  • 2 options for covers for a printable workbook

The Narrative Writing Resource Includes:

21 mini lessons that guide your students from beginning to end of writing a narrative.

The mini lessons:

  1. What is a narrative (anchor chart)
  2. Reading a narrative
  3. Assignment sheet & rubric
  4. Gathering ideas, part I
  5. Gathering ideas graphic organizer, part II
  6. Freewriting
  7. Establishing the sequence
  8. Establishing context and point of view
  9. Creating a first draft
  10. Narrative technique: characters
  11. Narrative technique: dialogue
  12. Narrative technique: pacing
  13. Narrative technique: description
  14. Narrative technique: reflection
  15. Transitions: Words, phrases, clauses
  16. Word choice: relevant descriptive details and precise words
  17. Word choice: sensory language
  18. Crafting a conclusion
  19. Revising for clear, coherent writing, organization, and style
  20. Peer review
  21. Proofread: Demonstrate command of conventions

The unit also includes:

  • Lesson plan chart
  • Editable lesson chart
  • Suggested teaching calendar (editable)
  • Teaching chart for each mini lesson that includes: lesson notes, standard, student-friendly standard, student task, assessment/homework suggestion

The Memoir Writing Resource Includes:

20 mini lessons that guide your students from beginning to end of writing a memoir.

The mini lessons:

  1. What is a memoir (anchor chart)
  2. Read & understand memoir (mentor texts)
  3. What is an epiphany?
  4. Writing assignment
  5. Prewriting: an object that I’ve kept
  6. Gathering ideas
  7. Reflecting on the significance of the event
  8. Narrowing the topic
  9. Freewriting
  10. Getting started — hooking your reader
  11. Drafting
  12. Bringing the story to life — adding description, part I
  13. Bringing the memoir to life — adding description, part II
  14. The ebb & flow of the story — using sentence variety
  15. Who is telling the story — finding your voice
  16. Let them speak: adding dialogue to your memoir
  17. Crafting a conclusion
  18. Revising for clear, coherent writing, organization, and style
  19. Peer review
  20. Proofread: Demonstrate command of conventions

The unit also includes:

  • Easy-to-read mini lesson chart
  • Lesson plan chart for each mini lesson that includes: lesson notes, standard, student-friendly standard, student task, assessment/homework suggestion
  • Suggested teaching calendar for 6 weeks of lessons
  • Suggested answer key

The Persuasive Writing Resource includes:

20 standards-based mini lessons that take your students from start to finish — resulting in a persuasive essay.

Lessons include:

  1. anchor chart for persuasive writing
  2. elements of persuasion: ethos, pathos, logos
  3. analyze a mentor text
  4. find ethos, pathos, logos in mentor text
  5. determine persuasive language in a mentor text
  6. examine the sentence structure in a mentor text
  7. writing task and prompt
  8. expanding ideas
  9. picking a topic
  10. evaluating the strength of your position
  11. know your audience and purpose
  12. write your thesis
  13. create and outline & look for gaps
  14. collecting research
  15. incorporating ethos, pathos, logos
  16. draft #1: maintain a formal style
  17. provide a conclusion
  18. revising for clear, coherent writing
  19. peer review
  20. proofread: demonstrate command of standard English grammar and writing

Additional items in this resource:

  • 2 additional mentor texts for differentiation and scaffolding
  • an editable teacher calendar
  • lesson plan suggestions for each mini lesson
  • student examples for lessons
  • answer key
  • rubric
  • 2 options for covers for a printable workbook

The Expository Writing Resource Includes:

20 mini lessons that take your students from defining a informative / explanatory texts to the finished product.

The mini lessons include:

  1. What are informative / explanatory texts (anchor chart)
  2. Reading an informative / explanatory text
  3. Assignment sheet & rubric
  4. Gathering ideas, part I
  5. Narrowing the topic
  6. Free writing
  7. Organizing ideas
  8. Writing an introduction
  9. Creating a first draft: Maintaining a formal style
  10. Developing the topic: facts & definitions
  11. Developing the topic: concrete details
  12. Developing the topic: using quotations
  13. Developing the topic: information & examples
  14. Using transitions: Words, phrases, clauses
  15. Word choice: precise language
  16. Word choice: domain-specific language
  17. Crafting a conclusion
  18. Revising for clear, coherent writing, organization, and style
  19. Peer review
  20. Proofread: Demonstrate command of conventions

The unit also includes:

  • Two mentor texts to analyze
  • Clear writing assignment
  • Rubric
  • Lesson plan chart
  • Suggested teaching calendar (great for pacing and lesson plans!)
  • Teaching chart for each mini lesson that includes: lesson notes, standard, student-friendly standard, student task, assessment/homework suggestion
  • Answer key for mentor texts
  • Google slides and Power Point versions

This bundle is going to save you so much time!!

I’m so excited to share this bundle with you so you can get back to what you really love — teaching writing!!

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