Table of Contents Ideal for preparing your sixth-grade students for state writing assessments and meeting new standards, this series provides scaffolded text-based writing practice with essential writing forms, such as: · Argument · Cause and effect · Compare and contrast · Explanatory · Opinion The 12 units provide activities that prepare students to complete text-dependent writing prompts. Each unit begins with a unit focus and lesson checklist to guide students through the learning path, which includes: · a dictionary page that introduces content words · close reading of a leveled nonfiction article · text-dependent comprehension questions to support understanding · a graphic organizer to help students organize information from the article and plan their writing · a text-dependent writing prompt · a writing evaluation that guides students in evaluating their essay Teachers will appreciate these additional resources and features! · Downloadable home–school connection activities and projects help teachers encourage learning at home. · Common Core State Standards correlations are located on each unit for easy reference. · The reading level is provided to help identify appropriate texts. · The suggested learning path helps teachers pace the lesson, and makes scaffolding easy! The sixth grade content-area topics fall under these categories: · Biographies · Health articles · Science articles · Social studies articles · Technology articles · Visual arts articles Better Together! Nonfiction Writing and Text-Based Writing: Nonfiction Nonfiction Writing introduces students to the elements of expository, narrative, and persuasive writing, while Text-Based Writing asks students to practice these nonfiction writing forms in text-dependent paragraphs and essays.