Grade 6 ELA: Writing editorials
The Writing Editorials unit is part of Writing Matters, a seven-unit genre-based writing curriculum for middle school ELA (English Language Arts) students, created by Teaching Matters, and available at Teachingmatters.com (see learning plan for details). A pivotal shift in the Common Core standards from Grade 5 to Grade 6 is the shift from writing opinions to writing arguments. In this unit, 6th graders are introduced to the genre of argument writing. Students will learn about a controversial issue and develop a claim about that issue. Then, they will read four related informational texts, taking notes to use in a written argument in the form of an editorial. Students write an editorial stating their claim about year-round schooling using evidence from the readings.