W.8.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

 
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Dream Invention

8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Engineers and the Design Process
8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Engineers and the Design Process
Sydney Schuler
La Grange Park, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

If your students could invent anything, what steps would they need to invent it? Take a look at how inventors dream up the future and then make it happen.

 
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solar
   

Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources

7th Grade Science » Unit: Online Science Research
7th Grade Science » Unit: Online Science Research
Mariana Garcia Serrato
San Jose, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

A little bit of planning and thinking can help you avoid plagiarism.

 
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Engineers Develop, Design, Invent, and Innovate in Their Careers

8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Engineers and the Design Process
8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Engineers and the Design Process
Sydney Schuler
La Grange Park, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What do you know about engineering careers? Explore the wild world of engineering to create a fun, collaborative career hat.

 
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What is the Difference Between Argument and Persuasion?

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Argument Writing
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Argument Writing
Nicholas Gearing
Anthem, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Isn't Argument a Bad Thing?

 
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Day 4 - Comparitive Analysis of "Ain't I a Woman?" and "Still I Rise"

8th Grade ELA » Unit: What is it to be a Woman in America?
8th Grade ELA » Unit: What is it to be a Woman in America?
Nicholas Gearing
Anthem, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Let's Put It All Together!

 
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notetaking
   

Essay Analysis

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Argument Writing
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Argument Writing
Nicholas Gearing
Anthem, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

We're Shrinking an Essay Today? Sign Me Up!

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Introducing the Microtheme

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Argument Writing
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Argument Writing
Nicholas Gearing
Anthem, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Mini Essay? Tell Me More!

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Working it Out: Students try the MENSA workout for themselves

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Flowers for Algernon
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Flowers for Algernon
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Putting the "I" in I.Q...kids try the questions on for size

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baby genius
   

Informative Text: Organizational Structures

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
Toby Sorge
Demarest, NJ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Practice organizational structures. Putting research into action.

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1950s
   

Dead Poet's Society/A Separate Peace: Comparing Across Genres

8th Grade ELA » Unit: A Separate Peace
8th Grade ELA » Unit: A Separate Peace
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Examining two coming-of-age stories in similar settings provides opportunities for critical thinking.

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Informative Essay Writing

8th Grade ELA » Unit: To Kill A Mockingbird Part III
8th Grade ELA » Unit: To Kill A Mockingbird Part III
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

If these are Boo's shoes, then tell us why!

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Audience, Tone, and Style in Informative Text

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
Toby Sorge
Demarest, NJ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

But there are so many words! Which are the good ones?

 
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a black hole is not a hole book
   

Introducing Twelfth Night & Act I, Scene I

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The second Shakespeare of the year? Like falling off a log...

 
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Developing a Definition of "Science Fiction"

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Science Fiction
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Science Fiction
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Science + Fiction = Science Fiction?

 
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Life Doesn't Frighten Steinbeck

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Travels with Charley
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Travels with Charley
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Is a hurricane just a hurricane?

 
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Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Establish and maintain a formal style.

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

Common Core ELA
 
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