This editable unit has eleven mini-lessons and much more to cover many grammar and mechanics concepts while also incorporating writing workshop methods! This unit has been updated to include a Distance Learning PDF that includes step-by-step instructions for students.
This editable unit has eleven mini lessons and much more to teach grammar and mechanics either in the classroom or via distance learning!
There are eleven mini lessons are on the following topics:
Mini Lesson #1: Writing Partners
Students will learn to get help from a writing partner with parts of their writing.
Mini Lesson #2: Revision
Students will understand the difference between revision and editing. They will use revision techniques to improve their writing.
Mini Lesson #3: Editing
Students will understand that editing doesn’t just occur at the end of writing a piece, but rather should occur during the writing process. Students will also learn strategies for spelling tough words and what to look for when editing.
Mini Lesson #4: Complete Sentences
Students will discuss and analyze what makes a complete sentence. They will also practice identifying and revising run-on sentences.
Mini Lesson #5: Purposeful Fragments
Students will learn that professional authors often break rules intentionally. One example of this is when writers use fragments in their writing in order to have a bigger impact on readers.
Mini Lesson #6: Commas
Students will discuss and analyze commas in sentences. They will create rules around the use of commas and try to imitate sentences that use commas in their own writing.
Mini Lesson #7: Colons, Semicolons and Dashes
Students will discuss and analyze sentences that contain colons, semicolons and dashes. They will create rules around the use of these punctuation marks and try to imitate sentences that use them in their own writing.
Mini Lesson #8: Subject-Verb Agreement
Students will learn to look closely at the sentences they write to ensure that their sentences have proper subject-verb agreement. Students will also realize that sometimes subject-verb agreement rules are broken especially in music, informal writing and when speaking.
Mini Lesson #9: Active vs. Passive Voice
Students will learn how to form sentences in both the active and passive voice.
Mini Lesson #10 Verbals
Students will learn about the three verbals— gerunds, infinitives, and participles.
Mini Lesson #11 Pronouns
Students will learn about subjective, objective, possessive and intensive pronouns. Students will also be able to correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person as well as vague pronouns/ambiguous antecedents.
Here is how each mini lesson is organized:
- Objective– the goal for the mini lesson
- Materials– all the necessary charts/posters/videos/tools you need for the lesson
- Hook– a fun way to start the mini lesson
- Teaching Point– straightforward statement about what students will learn
- Modeling– showing skill with writing samples/mentor texts
- Practice– an opportunity for students to apply skills and practice with peers
- Conferring– tips for how to discuss work with students with one-on-one conversations
- Share– a way for students to share what they accomplished, struggles they faced and goals they have
Also Included in this Product:
- Teacher’s Guide
- Editable Google Slides
- Editable PowerPoint Slides
- Writing Charts
- Writing Samples
- Editable Assessment Tools (Google Doc and Microsoft Word)
- Audio and Video Walk-Throughs of Everything