MS2 (Grades 7/8) Curriculum Unit Map

Stage Lesson Blocks Title Exercises CCSS
Student Exemplar Analyis 1 1 Let’s Argue!
  1. How do we argue?
  2. What is One World Education?
  3. Writing as Action
RI.7-8.2
SL.7-8.1
L.7-8.6
2 2 Close Reading Sources
  1. Student Exemplar: Initial Read
  2. Argumentative Writing Vocabulary
  3. Close Read the Exemplar
  4. Close Read Exemplar: Synthesis Task
RI.7-8.1, 2, 4, 5, 8
W.7-8.1, 4, 9, 10
SL.7-8.1
L.7-8.6
Research 3 2 Reading about the Ideas: Civic and National Issues
  1. Introduction to Groups and Topics
  2. Reading the Articles
  3. Presenting the Findings
RI.7-8.1, 2, 4, 8
W.7-8.7-9
SL.7-8.1, 4
L.7-8.6
4 1 Narrative Writing: Your Story
  1. Graffiti Walk
  2. Focus Questions
  3. Telling Your Story
W.7-8.1-3, 5, 10
SL.7-8.1, 3
L.7-8.6
5 2 Crafting a Claim and Counterclaim
  1. Claim Review and Building Criteria
  2. Creating a Claim
  3. Claim Peer Review
  4. Addressing Counterclaims
RI.7-8.2, 4
W.7-8.1, 4, 5
SL.7-8.1, 3, 4
L.7-8.6
6 2-3 Research
  1. Identifying Good Evidence
  2. Collecting and Citing Evidence
  3. Evidence Analysis
  4. Finding Evidence to Support Counterclaims
  5. Rebuttal
RI.7-8.1, 2, 4
W.7-8.1, 4, 5, 7-9
SL.7-8.1, 3, 4
L.7-8.6
Writing 7 2-3 Outline
  1. Rubric Analysis
  2. Why write an outline?
  3. Writing a Topic Sentence
  4. Outlining
  5. Peer Review for Outline
RI.7-8.1, 2, 4, 8
W.7-8.1, 4, 5, 8-10
SL.7-8.1, 3, 4
L.7-8.6
8 2-3 Draft
  1. The Art of Transitioning
  2. How to Hook the Reader
  3. Drafting the Argumentative Reflection
  4. Creating a “Works Cited” Section
RI.7-8.1, 4, 5, 8
W.7-8.1, 4, 5, 8-10
SL.7-8.1, 3, 4
L.7-8.6
9 2 Peer Review, Revision, and Final Draft
  1. Peer Review Draft
  2. Final Draft
RI.7-8.8
W.7-8.1, 3-5, 8, 10
SL.7-8.1, 3, 4
L.7-8.6
Presentation 10 1 Final Presentation
  1. Elements and Organization
  2. Using a Rubric to Prepare to Present
  3. Presenting
RI.7-8.4
W.7-8.1, 4, 9
SL.7-8.3, 4, 6
L.7-8.6