Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for Third Grade. This curriculum is standards based (to the common core) and genre based. This is Unit 3, a 3rd grade informational writing unit. Students will learn how to write engaging informative writing pieces.
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In this curriculum, your students will develop a love of writing. As a result of the graphic organizers, interactive notebook, and final ‘all about’ book, students will be engaged. For example, students research fun topics such as dinosaurs and outer space!
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- 25 step-by-step scripted lesson plans
- 19 posters
- 19 graphic organizers / worksheets
- 1 interactive notebook and 1 ‘all about’ book
- 3 original mentor texts (PowerPoint versions and PDF in color and b&w)
- 24 tasks cards extension activities (2 versions – b&w, color)
- 1 assessment rubric
So, the lessons follow a simple format. There’s the mini lesson, think and share, and, finally, the independent writing time.
- Firstly, there is a video overview to help organize and implement the unit.
- Secondly, there’s a list of common core standards that align with this unit.
- Thirdly, there’s teacher directions for the lesson plans.
- Also, there’s suggestions for differentiation and lesson times.
- After that, there’s a list of recommended mentor texts (with links).
- Also, there’s a unit scope and at-a-glance calendar.
- And there’s a lesson materials list.
- Student book/folder cover (3 versions – journal, notebook, or folder).
- 1 writing prompt pre-assessment.
- 2 lined pages (for first drafts).
- 2 checklists.
- 1 set of compliment notes (2 versions – b&w, color).
- 1 certificate (2 versions – b&w, color).
- Also, there’s teacher directions, examples, and elaborations for the rubric.
- Lastly, there is a video with tips for using the rubric.
First, students learn about informational writing in general.
- What is informational writing?
- Is it informational writing?
- I am an expert
- Narrowing the topic
- Choosing subtopics
After that, students learn about dinosaurs.
- Dinosaur definitions
- Finding facts
- Supporting details
- Planning time
- All about dinosaurs
Students then also learn about outer space.
- Let’s research
- Let’s use paragraphs
- Illustrations and annotations
- All about planets
Finally, students research a country.
- It’s time for research
- Making a plan
- Introduce your topic
- Linking words
- Table of contents
- Time for a closing
- Putting it all together
- Revise, edit, and add more detail
- Final draft
- Publishing party