Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts
WestEd’s Teacher Professional Development Program developed the “Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts” in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars illustrating how English Language Arts Common Core Standards in Reading Informational Text and Writing Arguments can be used to deepen and accelerate the learning and instruction of English Language Learners (ELLs), especially at the middle school level. The unit consists of an introduction, detailed lesson descriptions, student handouts, and rubrics. It also provides “Guidelines for ELA Instructional Material Development” that help teachers understand the principles that guided the unit design. The unit was designed for students who have reached at least an intermediate level of proficiency in English. The five lessons involve students in examining and writing persuasive texts. The authors write that the unit is grounded in the theory and research that is presented in papers on the Understanding Language website.