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  • Help develop students’ interest in reading non-fiction texts and expand their knowledge in science, culture and history.
  • Improve students’ non-fiction reading and writing skills for narrative, informational, and persuasive styles of writing.
  • Focus on creating 3 core writing samples, one for each style, where each week the student will revise and add new elements into their writing pieces.


  1Non-fiction Narrative Texts*Use exemplars to explore “point” illustration in story
*Identifying the structure/sequence of a story
*Identifying context and point of view
*Journal Writing
*Analysis of Story Arcs in videos and texts
*Outlining Plot and Sequence in Stories
*Writing first draft of Narrative Pieces
  2Non-fiction Narrative Texts*Identifying and synthesizing Tone/Mood
*Identifying and Using sensory language
* Character development
*Identifying Points of Views
*Picture Journal Writing
*Lyric Analysis
*Analysis of descriptive writing
*Adding description to narrative piece
*Identifying Character Traits in Texts
*Creating Character Story Charts
  3Non-fiction Narrative Texts*Using narrative techniques- dialogue, pacing, description and reflection
*Receiving and applying appropriate feedback
*Identifying Dialogue rules in texts
*Adding dialogue to your story
*Creating multiple drafts of story
*Creating conclusions that follow and reflect upon narrated experience
  4Informational Texts*Pre-reading strategies: Previewing, making predictions, question formation
*Active reading: Annotating, identifying thesis, main ideas and supporting details
*Identifying Shifts in Tone
*Introduction to summarizing, Organizing responses
*Reading, analyzing, & summarizing informational texts
*Practice short answer response questions
*Brainstorming/research on informational text
  5Informational Texts*Introducing a topic for the intended audience.
*Creating an organizational structure where ideas are logically grouped together
*Identifying and using different types of evidence
*Creating inferences and explanations from texts
*Reading, analyzing, & summarizing informational texts
*Practice short answer response questions
*Brainstorming/research on informational text
*Writing informational paragraphs
  6Informational Texts*Transitions, Precision of language
*Emergent Grammar
*Maintaining formal style
*Receiving and applying appropriate feedback
*Strong conclusions
*Writing informational paragraphs
*Drafting, feedback, and revision
  7Persuasive Texts*Use reading exemplars to identify and adopt strong persuasive techniques
*Determining position, topic and audience
*Organizing Persuasive writing
*Reading, analyzing, & summarizing persuasive texts
*Identifying and brainstorming topics for writing.
*Creating outline for persuasive texts
  8Persuasive Texts*Introducing and supporting claims with credible evidence
*Distinguishing claims from alternative claims
*Evaluating relative strength/validity of details and appeals
*Identifying different appeals – ethos/pathos/logos – in visual and written advertisements
*Developing and strengthening claims through supporting evidence
*Practice writing persuasive arguments
  9Persuasive Texts*Counter claims, precision of language, and grammar
Transitions and relationship among ideas
*Receiving and applying feedback
*Synthesizing and writing the final persuasive writing piece
*Drafting, feedback, and revision


If you have any questions about the programs, please don’t hesitate to email us at or give us a call at (650) 409-9999.

Non-fiction Writing Program (Grades 6-8)

  • Grade: 6-8
    Date & Time:  Tue & Thu 10-11:30am
    7/15/21-8/12/21 (9 sessions)

    *We need a minimum of 3 students to kick off the program.

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