Core Ready Lesson Sets for Grades 6-8 A Staircase to Standards Success for English Language Arts, The Power to Persuade: Opinion and Argument

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  • Copyright: 2014-12-24
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Created specifically for middle school teachers, Pam Allyn’s dynamic Core Ready Program provides a complete toolkit for navigating and thriving with the core standards. In it teachers see clearly how to take complex concepts of the literacy standards and turn them into practical, specific, everyday instruction. The series is organized around the author’s Four Doors to the Core:

  • The Journey to Meaning: Comprehension and Critique
  • The Shape of Story: Yesterday and Today
  • The Road to Knowledge: Information and Research
  • The Power to Persuade: Opinion and Argument


Each book in the series includes powerful reading, writing, speaking, and listening sets; assessment rubrics; support for ELLs and diverse learners; and tips for doing high tech variations for literacy instruction for grades 6, 7, and 8.


Visit http://pdtoolkit.pearson.com to purchase access to the PDToolkit for Pam Allyn's Core Ready Series. The PDToolkit access does not come with the print book.


PDToolkit for Pam Allyn's Core Ready Series is a supplemental online subscription-based resource that provides the tools that educators need to implement the Common Core Standards effectively, fluidly, and successfully. The PDToolkit, together with the texts, provides the tools you need to ensure a standards-aligned year of joyful, effective, research-based literacy curriculum.

Author Biography

Pam Allyn is an authority in the field of literacy education and the world’s expert in home and school literacy connections. As a renowned motivational speaker, expert consultant, author, teacher, and humanitarian for children, she is transforming the way we think about literacy as a tool for communication and knowledge building. She is the executive director of LitLife, a national literacy development organization providing research-based professional development for K-12 educators. She founded and leads LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy initiative, reaching children across the United States and in over 60 countries. Her methods for helping all students achieve as literacy learners, including the most diverse learners, has brought her acclaim both in the United States and internationally. Pam is the author of eleven books for educators and parents including the award-winning What To Read When: The Books and Stories To Read With Your Child-And All The Best Times To Read Them (Penguin Avery), Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys (Scholastic) and Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age (Penguin Avery). Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera English, NBC News, CNN, The New York Times and across the blogosphere.

Table of Contents

About the Author iii
About the Core Ready Series iii
Acknowledgments iv
Welcome xii
Walk Through a Lesson Set xv
FAQs About the Core Ready Lesson Sets xxiv
Grade 6 The Obligation of Citizenship: Comparing and Contrasting Speeches and Biographies 2
Introduction 3
Common Core State Standards Alignment 4
Core Questions 5
Lesson Set Goals 5
Choosing Core Texts 6
Teacher’s Notes 7
Questions for Close Reading 8
Building Academic Language 8
Recognition 9
Complementary Core
Methods 9
Core Connections at Home 10
Reading Lessons 11
The Core I.D.E.A. / Daily Reading Instruction at a Glance 12
Lesson 1 Readers define the genre of biography and summarize sample texts. 13
Lesson 2 Readers analyze how an individual is portrayed through the details of a biography. 16
Lesson 3 Readers integrate information about a person from a biography with information from a speech delivered by the same individual. 20
Lesson 4 Compare how the same event is presented in a speech and a biography. 22
Lesson 5 Readers determine the author’s purpose and explain how it is conveyed in the text. 25
Lesson 6 Readers trace the argument in a persuasive speech. 27
Lesson 7 Readers evaluate the strength of an argument by determining how a claim is supported by reasoning and evidence. 29
Lesson 8 Readers analyze how a persuasive speech is organized and how each section advances the argument. 32
Lesson 9 Readers examine the meaning and impact of words and phrases on historic speeches. 34
Lesson 10 Readers use multimedia components and visual displays to clarify and enhance the message of a famous speech. 37
Writing Lessons 40
The Core I.D.E.A. / Daily Writing Instruction at a Glance 41
Lesson 1 Writers define the elements of argument writing. 42
Lesson 2 Writers identify a topic on which to compose a persuasive speech. 45
Lesson 3 Writers plan to research their argument topic in search of evidence and reasons to support a claim. 47
Lesson 4 Writers research their argument topic in search of evidence and reasons to support a claim. 49
Lesson 5 Writers draft persuasive speeches. 52
Lesson 6 Writers compose effective introductions and conclusions. 56
Lesson 7 Writers revise and edit their speeches using a checklist of requirements. 57
Lesson 8 Writers include multimedia components to use in presenting persuasive speeches. 60
Lesson 9 Writers practice the delivery of persuasive speeches. 62
Lesson 10 Writers present their speeches and evaluate the soundness of others’ arguments. 64
Glossary 67
Grade 7 Becoming Active Citizens: Debating and Comparing Points of View 68
Introduction 69
Common Core State Standards Alignment 70
Core Questions 71
Lesson Set Goals 71
Choosing Core Texts 72
Teacher’s Notes 73
Questions for Close Reading 73
Building Academic Language 73
Recognition 74
Core Connections at Home 74
Reading Lessons 75
The Core I.D.E.A. / Daily Reading Instruction at a Glance 76
Lesson 1 Readers examine four types of argumentative texts. 77
Lesson 2 Readers identify elements of argumentative text. 79
Lesson 3 Readers evaluate the strength of a written argument in an editorial. 82
Lesson 4 Readers trace and evaluate the argument in a blog post. 85
Lesson 5 Readers analyze how authors of argumentative text refute counterclaims. 88
Lesson 6 Readers identify how ideas, individuals, and events interact in cause and effect relationships. 91
Lesson 7 Readers examine how emphasis of evidence shapes point of view in a text. 93
Lesson 8 Readers analyze how word use affects the meaning and tone of an argumentative text. 96
Lesson 9 Readers examine the purpose, point of view, and effectiveness of a social media post. 99
Lesson 10 Readers evaluate and compare the effectiveness of argumentative texts. 101
Writing Lessons 104
The Core I.D.E.A. / Daily Writing Instruction at a Glance 105
Lesson 1 Writers select issues for argumentative texts and write claim statements. 106
Lesson 2 Writers research to gather information, carefully considering the credibility and accuracy of sources. 109
Lesson 3 Writers refute counterclaims in argumentative text. 114
Lesson 4 Writers establish tone through purposeful word choice. 116
Lesson 5 Writers establish a formal style in their argumentative text. 118
Lesson 6 Writers include the elements of argumentative text in an editorial or blog post. 121
Lesson 7 Writers craft a concluding statement that supports a claim in argumentative text. 123
Lesson 8 Writers revise and edit their blog posts and editorials, adding transition words to create cohesion between the claim, reasoning, and evidence. 125
Lesson 9 Writers craft a persuasive social media post. 128
Lesson 10 Writers publish argumentative texts for an authentic audience. 130
Glossary 133
Grade 8 Becoming Global Citizens: The Power of the Spoken and Written Word 134
Introduction 135
Common Core State Standards Alignment 136
Core Questions 137
Lesson Set Goals 137
Choosing Core Texts 138
Teacher’s Notes 140
Questions for Close Reading 140
Building Academic  Language 140
Recognition 141
Complementary Core Methods 141
Core Connections at Home 142
Lessons 143
The Core I.D.E.A. / Daily Reading Instruction at a Glance 144
Lesson 1 Readers synthesize information from across a text to determine a central idea. 145
Lesson 2 Readers identify the claim and relevant evidence in an argumentative text. 147
Lesson 3 Readers identify the elements of argumentative text. 150
Lesson 4 Readers identify cause and effect relationships in argumentative text as a strategy for supporting a claim. 153
Lesson 5 Readers determine the meaning of technical vocabulary in an argumentative text. 155
Lesson 6 Readers identify three classic argumentative techniques. 158
Lesson 7 Readers navigate a web page using key features to find key information. 160
Lesson 8 Readers draw important conclusions from information presented visually. 163
Lesson 9 Readers evaluate the use of alternate media to present an idea. 165
Lesson 10 Readers evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using film to present information. 167
Writing Lessons 170
The Core I.D.E.A. / Daily Writing Instruction at a Glance 171
Lesson 1 Writers explore the relationship between an author’s purpose, point of view, and chosen text type. 172
Lesson 2 Writers identify environmental topics for argumentative speeches. 174
Lesson 3 Writers use and create questions to begin researching environmental topics. 177
Lesson 4 Writers gather multiple sources on a topic, considering credibility and identifying bias. 179
Lesson 5 Writers use strategies for paraphrasing factual information and practice using these strategies in the research process. 182
Lesson 6 Writers use an outline to construct and draft their arguments. 184
Lesson 7 Writers use Aristotle’s Appeals to strengthen their argumentative writing. 187
Lesson 8 Writers plan text features and visuals to clarify the information in their arguments and publish their texts. 189
Lesson 9 Writers adapt their writing to oral presentations, selecting visuals to enhance their speeches. 192
Lesson 10 Writers develop public service announcements that address their environmental issues. 194
Glossary 197
Grade 6 Appendixes
Appendix 6.1 Summary Characteristics and Process 199
Appendix 6.2 Biographies 200
Appendix 6.3 Analyzing Biography graphic organizer 210
Appendix 6.4 Close Reading and Listening Protocol for Speeches 211
Appendix 6.5 Transcripts of Speeches 212
Appendix 6.6 Tracing and Evaluating an
Argument in Historic Speeches graphic organizer 218
Appendix 6.7 Advancing an Argument graphic organizer 219
Appendix 6.8 Sample Speeches #1 and #2 220
Appendix 6.9 The Power of Words and Phrases Worksheet 224
Appendix 6.10 Key Terms in Argument Writing 226
Appendix 6.11 Argument Analysis Worksheet 227
Appendix 6.12 List of Argument Topics 228
Appendix 6.13 The Power of Persuasive Speeches 229
Appendix 6.14 Persuasive Speech Checklist 230
Appendix 6.15 Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions Menu 231
Appendix 6.16 Respond to the Argument Guide 233
Appendix 6.17 Power Speaker Checklist 234
Grade 7 Appendixes
Appendix 7.1 Sample Argumentative Writing Pieces 235
Appendix 7.2 Elements of Argumentative Text Graphic Organizer 243
Appendix 7.3 Three Tests for Analyzing Argumentative Text 244
Appendix 7.4 5Ws and 1H to Determine Source Credibility 245
Appendix 7.5 Refuting a Counterclaim in Argumentative Text Graphic Organizer 251
Appendix 7.6 Analyzing Emphasis in Argumentative Text 252
Appendix 7.7 Characteristics of a Well- Written Social Media Post 253
Appendix 7.8 Will I Be Persuaded? Graphic Organizer 254
Appendix 7.9 Sample Argumentative Text: Genetically Modified Foods: Healthy Enough to Eat 255
Appendix 7.10 Argumentative Text Revising and Editing Checklist 257
Appendix 7.11 List of Transitional Words and Phrases 258
Appendix 7.12 Rules for Collegial Sharing of Writing 259
Appendix 7.13 Three Compliments and a Suggestion Feedback Form 260
Grade 8 Appendixes
Appendix 8.1 ”I Wonder” 261
Appendix 8.2 Sample Argumentative Texts #1–8 262
Appendix 8.3 Tracing an Argument 276
Appendix 8.4 Reading Visuals Graphic Organizer 277
Appendix 8.5 Reading Editorial Cartoons Graphic Organizer 278
Appendix 8.6 Sample Visuals 279
Appendix 8.7 Documentary Film Analysis Graphic Organizer 280
Appendix 8.8 Questions to Guide Planning and Research of Argumentative Text 281
Appendix 8.9 Determining Source Credibility Graphic Organizer 282
Appendix 8.10 Argumentative Text Outline 283
Appendix 8.11 Helpful Language for Argumentative Writing 284
Appendix 8.12 Revising Based on Aristotle’s Appeals 286
Appendix 8.13 Argumentative Text Editing Checklist 287
Appendix 8.14 Argument Analysis 288
References 290

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