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HESD Writing Workshop/Units of Study: K-8 Pacing Guides 

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Grades K - 2

Trimester 1: Narrative

Trimester 2: Informational

Trimester 3: Opinion

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Grades 3-5

Trimester 1:  Informational

Trimester 2:  Opinion/Argument

Trimester 3: Narrative

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Grade 6

Trimester 1: Narrative


Trimester 2: Argument


Trimester 3:   Informational

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Grades 7-8

Trimester 1: Informational

Trimester 2: Argument

Trimester 3: Narrative

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Writing Workshop/Units of Study  

Pacing Guide 

(Grades K-8)



Kindergarten


Trimester 1
    • Unit 1- Launching the Writing Workshop
    • If/Then Unit- Storytelling: First Step for Personal Narrative Writing
Trimester 2
    • Unit 3- How To Books
    • If/Then Unit- Storytelling: First Step for Personal Narrative Writing
Trimester 3
    • Unit 2- Writing for Readers
    • Unit 4- Persuasive Writing of All Kinds

First Grade


Trimester 1
    • Unit 1- Small Moments
    • If/Then Unit- Authors as Mentors
Trimester 2
    • If/Then Unit- Writing How To Books
    • Unit 2- Non Fiction Chapter Books
Trimester 3
    • Unit 3- Writing Reviews
    • Unit 4- From Scenes to Series

Second Grade


Trimester 1
    • If/Then Unit- Launching With Small Moments
    • Unit 1- Lessons From the Masters
Trimester 2
    • If/Then Unit- Information Books
    • Unit 2- Lab Reports and Science Books
Trimester 3
    • Unit 3- Writing About Reading
    • Unit 4- Poetry

Third Grade



Trimester 1
    • Unit 2- The Art of Information Writing
    • If/Then Unit- Information Writing in the Content Areas
Trimester 2
    • Unit 3- Changing the World
    • Unit 4- Once Upon a Time
Trimester 3
                      Unit 1- Crafting True Stories
                      If/Then Unit- Writing Fictional Stories

Fourth Grade


Trimester 1
    • If/Then Unit- Information Writing(Personal Expertise)
    • Unit 3- Bring History to Life
Trimester 2
    • Unit 2- Boxes and Bullets
    • Unit 4- Literary Essay
Trimester 3
                       If/Then Unit- Personal Narrative Writing
                       Unit 1- Writing Realistic Fiction (The Arc of the Story)

Fifth Grade


Trimester 1
    • If/Then Unit- Information Writing (Personal Expertise)
    • Unit 2- Lens of History
Trimester 2
    • Unit 4- Research Based Argument Essay
    • I/Then Unit- Literary/Comparative Essays
Trimester 3
                       Unit 1- Narrative Craft
                       If/Then Unit- Fantasy

Sixth Grade


Trimester 1
    • Unit 1- Personal Narrative
    • If/Then Unit- Fiction Writing
Trimester 2
    • If/Then Unit- Persuasive Writing
    • Unit 2- The Literary Essay
Trimester 3 
                      If/Then Unit- Information Writing (Personal Expertise)
                      Research Based Information Writing


Seventh Grade


Trimester 1                        
                      If/Then Unit- Information Book (Personal Expertise)                       
                      Unit 2- Writing about Reading
Trimester 2
    • Unit 3- The Art of Argument
    • If/Then Unit- Literary Essays
Trimester 3
    • Unit 1- Writing Realistic Fiction
    • If/Then Unit- Historical Fiction

Eighth Grade


Trimester 1
    • If/Then Unit- Information Book (Personal Expertise)
    • Unit 3- Position Papers
Trimester 2
                        If/Then Unit- Persuasive Essay
                        Unit 2- The Literary Essay
Trimester 3
    • Unit 1- Investigative Journalism
    • If/Then Unit- Fantasy