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Scope & Sequence - Writing & Thinking for Grade 3

1. WRITING A SET OF DIRECTIONS

(Exposition)

A Group Unit


Writing Objective: Writing an exposition: explaining a procedure to others

Thinking Objective: Sequencing steps of a procedure

Performance Rubric: Demonstrates familiarity with the elements of the writing process

 

2. REMEMBERING A SPECIAL FEELING

(Personal Narrative)


Writing Objective: Writing a narrative: informing other of an even that involves a strong emotional reaction

Thinking Objective: Analyzing an emotional reaction to a personal experience

Performance Rubric: Describes personal experience, feelings; Identifies critical reasons; Recounts thoughts, actions, and internal response; Makes brief statements of details clearly related to topic

 

3. DESCRIBING MY FAVORITE THING

(Descriptive Exposition)

Writing Objective: Writing a descriptive exposition: informing others about a favorite possession

Thinking Objective: Categorizing sensory details and using sensory language to describe

Performance Rubric: Precisely describes object’s size, shape, color, smell, sound, feel, and taste where applicable; Expresses why object is special; Audience can distinguish object from similar objects

 

4. WRITING AN OPINION PAPER

(Persuasion)

Writing an exposition: explaining a point of view to others

Thinking Objective: Analyzing familiar situations to form an opinion with logical, supportive reasons

Performance Rubric: States opinion; Gives complete, clearly sequenced reasons to support opinion; Includes facts and experiences

 

5. WRITING A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

(Exposition)

Writing an exposition: informing others about a classmate

Thinking Objective: Analyzing and categorizing interview data for use in a biographical sketch

Performance Rubric: Includes information about preferences, background, private thoughts, and important moments; Elaborates why subject gave one or two responses; Includes final paragraph summarizing what was learned about subject

 

6. WRITING A FABLE

(Invented Narrative)

Writing Objective: Writing an invented narrative: persuading others to change their behavior through a fable

Thinking Objective: Analyzing story characters’ behavior and judging the consequences of their behavior

Performance Rubric: Includes: characters exhibiting behavioral traits, well-established situation, problem or event, internal response, explicit action and results, final emotional reaction to results; Clearly expresses fable’s lesson