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unit 3
12 Instructional days (12 hours)

Crafting A Research-Based Letter


In this final unit, students continue to explore the question: “How do authors learn and share their knowledge on a topic?” Students also expand their expertise as writers by crafting a research-based letter. The specific literacy focus of this unit is on writing a research-based letter to Ms. Osborne using text-based facts, as well as learning to revise.


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Foundational Reading and Language Standards, Show the Rule (TM) Example Lesson Sequence: Writing with Capital Letters

Show the Rule™ was developed to address the CCSS Language Standards while engaging students in rich literature. Students immediately practice and apply what they have learned through creative writing rather than by completing worksheets. The goal of Show the Rule™ is to support students in immediately transferring their knowledge into their own writing.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 3 ELA Module 2B, Unit 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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