Topic/Big Idea:
Writing is a means of documenting thinking (from www.pdesas.org - RWSL & 6th grade search)
Curriculum links:
Pa Standard: 1.5.7D and others
Diagnostic (reading):
Question: What role does writing play in our lives

Reading resource:
Lesson
Using #5 below for Lesson and resources (including the MLK poem mover from RWT) - Use this for connection with Martin Luther King and follow up by applying this to the students' own lives by having them create something like a wordle, piclit, etc.
Resources for student learning:
  1. http://connect.collegiate-va.org/groups/6thgradegatherings/wiki/cb57/Writing.html (6th grade resources)
  2. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/martin-words-thinking-about-92.html (How Big Are Martin’s Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future) Lesson with online interactives
  3. http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html
  4. http://piclits.com/gallery.aspx
  5. http://www.wordle.net
End Point Assessment:
(reading)

Question:

Reading resource:
Culminating Activity:
PicLit/Wordle/something similar for students to create a list of their own "big words" and portray them visually.