Summary: This resource from the College-Ready Writers Program features one-minute videos that define mini-units and explain the value of using nonfiction sources/texts. There are links to related pages on the CRWP website that focus on creating text sets and on developing and sequencing mini-units. These resources will take facilitators and teachers through both the content and implementation of researched argumentative modules, with space to supplement or customize. Teachers can write in response to some of the units to see how they might work with students.
- designed to build capacity for students’ argument writing over time
- focused on one or two skills in argument writing
- intended to build on routine argument writing and lead towards extended research argument
- limited in duration, usually from 4-6 class periods
Mini-units help students:
- curate information
- participate in conversations that matter
- understand multiple points of view
- use evidence from nonfiction sources
- take reasonable stands and seek thoughtful action
How to use the chart of resources:
- Entering Skills: Skills that students should have experience with prior to beginning the mini-unit.
- Foundational Skills: Essential skills that are transferable across argumentative tasks and that are likely to be circled back upon multiple times over the course of a year or years.
- Going Deeper: More complex and nuanced skills that take the Foundational Skills to the next level.
Original Source: National Writing Project College-Ready Writers Program, https://sites.google.com/site/nwpcollegereadywritersprogram/mini-units?pli=1