Grade 7 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 16

Students writing at their desks.

In this lesson, students start a Writing Improvement Tracker that they will return to after writing the essay in each module for the rest of the year. The purpose of this is to develop students’ awareness of their strengths and challenges, as well as ask students to strategize to address their challenges. Self-assessment and goal setting helps students take ownership of their learning. To begin, students will review the reflection they did during Module 1 (Unit 3, Lesson 6) and complete the Writing Improvement Tracker for Module 1.
• During Work Time B, consider working with students who still need help understanding what an argument essay is or how to write a claim with reasons and evidence for an argument essay. Use the completed Forming Evidence-Based Claims graphic organizers and exit tickets from Lessons 14 to determine who might need additional support.
• The Lyddie essay planner builds from the essay planner used in Module 1. Notice the inclusion of a space for students to consider their counterclaims at the end of the planner. This placement is intentional, since there are many possible places for students to include a counterclaim in their essay. If you would like to offer students more structure, feel free to require that they acknowledge counterclaims in particular paragraphs—for example, either the introduction and conclusion or in both body paragraphs.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.7.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
W.7.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are...

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