Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 7 by Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, M. Colleen Cruz, Audra Robb, Kelly Boland Hohne, Annie Taranto, Gerrit Jones-Rooy. A Common Core Workshop Curriculum
Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 7
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Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 7

A Common Core Workshop Curriculum

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, M. Colleen Cruz, Audra Robb, Kelly Boland Hohne, Annie Taranto, Gerrit Jones-Rooy

Lucy and her TCRWP coauthors understand that seventh graders relish their increasing agency as writers. Accordingly, the seventh-grade units embolden these young writers. Unit 1 guides students to techniques found in close readings of powerful short fiction. In Unit 2, students intensify their engagement with reading by writing innovative companion books. The final unit teaches students to write essays that build convincing, nuanced essays. 

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About the Grade 7 Units

Seventh graders relish their growing sense of control over their own lives and their sense of agency. In this first unit of the year, Writing Realistic Fiction: Symbolism, Syntax, and Truth, students write engaging short fiction. They lift the sophistication of their writing through attention to individual scenes, symbols, and writing techniques they’ve discovered from close readings of powerful short fiction. Next, in Unit 2, Writing About Reading: From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books, students learn to analyze the craft and structure of the authors they admire and to write for real audiences about why that craft matters. Finally, in Unit 3, The Art of Argument: Research-Based Essays, students learn to write essays that build convincing, nuanced arguments, balancing evidence and analysis to persuade readers to shift their beliefs or take action.

About the Series

Like the K–5 Units of Study series, the Middle School Units of Study series not only provides a coherent, systematic curriculum in the three types of writing mandated by the Common Core—opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing—it also reflects the latest research on data-based, responsive instruction.

Components of the Grade 7 product bundle—with New Resources!

New Resources

  • Online Resources for Teaching Writing—New Format!
  • Online Video Orientations—New!

Three Units of Study

  • organized around the three types of writing mandated by the Common Core: argument, information, and narrative writing
  • lay out 4-5 weeks of instruction (16-18 sessions) in each unit
  • include all of the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small-group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum
  • model Lucy and her colleagues’ carefully crafted teaching moves and language

A Guide to the Writing Workshop, Middle School Grades

  • crystallizes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective writing workshop instruction (The Guide, now available for separate purchase, can be an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about writing workshop).

If… Then… Curriculum

  • offers additional units of study
  • presents if/then conferring scenarios that support targeted instruction and differentiation

Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions

  • organized around a grades 6-8 learning progression across argument, information, and narrative writing
  • includes performance assessments, student checklists, rubrics, and leveled writing exemplars

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To learn more about the Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing series, visit UnitsofStudy.com

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