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How can we learn to better express our thoughts in written form?
For this assignment, students will develop the skills and practices needed to accurately create a comprehensive, written re-telling of the themes in a particular piece of text. In this sample we are going to use articles about beach erosion in Africa.
Students will develop written skills based on the standards at the bottom of this document.
How can I become a more powerful, and accurate writer?
You will work with your team to create an essay based on the two articles linked to this page.
- Team One: Ashlyn, Ruby, Ivy, Anna
- Team Two: Emma, Steve, Rani, Peter
- Team Three: Kylie, Emily, Brynlee M., Sheridyn
- Team Four: Maren, Tessa, Maren, Petey
- Team Five: Hyrum, Noah, Audrey, Cameron
- Team Six: Brae, Seth, Nyah, Bradley
- Team Seven: Aden, Shaylin, Millie, Ben
Is the assignment complete and the answers clear?
100 points possible
Is the assignment partially complete and the answers are somewhat clear?
80 points possible
Is the assignment generalluy incomplete and the answers are cofusing or missing?
50 points or less
Here are the standards we are using for this assignment.
Grade 7: Writing Process
Seventh grade writing standards focus on the writing process as the primary tool to help students become independent writers. In Grade 7, students are taught to use each phase of the process as follows:
- Prewriting: In grade 7, students generate ideas from multiple sources and use organizational strategies and tools such as technology, graphic organizers, notes, and outlines. Students choose the form of writing that best suits the intended purpose and then make a plan for writing that prioritizes ideas, addresses purpose, audience, main idea, and logical sequence.
- Drafting: In seventh grade, students develop drafts by categorizing ideas, organizing them into paragraphs, and blending paragraphs within larger units of text. Writing exhibits the students’ awareness of the audience and purpose. Essays contain formal introductions, ample supporting evidence (e.g., facts, statistics, examples, anecdotes), and conclusions. Students analyze language techniques of professional authors, including concrete and abstract word choices, and infusing a variety of language techniques to reinforce voice.
- Revising: In seventh grade, students revise selected drafts by elaborating, deleting, combining, and rearranging text. Goals for revision include improving coherence, progression, and the logical support of ideas and content. Grade 7 revision techniques include adding transitional words between sentences to unify important ideas and creating interest by using a variety of sentence structures (including the use of participles and participial phrases at the beginning and end of sentences). Students also evaluate drafts for voice, point of view, and precision of vocabulary. Seventh-graders use creative language devices, and modify word choices using resources and reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus).
- Editing: Students edit their writing to ensure standard usage, varied sentence structure, and appropriate word choice (e.g., eliminating slang). Seventh-graders proofread for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling, using reference materials, word processor, and other resources.
- Publishing: Using technology, seventh graders refine and “publish” their work frequently in a format appropriate to audience and purpose (e.g., manuscript, multimedia). Published pieces use appropriate formatting and graphics (e.g., tables, drawings, charts, graphs) when applicable to enhance the appearance of the document.
- Expository: Seventh grade students write a variety of specialized informational/expository essays (e.g., process, description, explanation, comparison/contrast, problem/solution) that include a thesis statement, supporting details, an organizational structure particular to its type, and introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs. Other 7th grade expository writing applications include technical text (e.g., procedures, instructions, experiments); informal communications (e.g., friendly letters, thank-you notes); formal communications (e.g., business letters, invitations); directions to unfamiliar locations; and recording information related to a topic (e.g., observations, notes, lists, charts, legends).
These standards are taken from the following site
Here is the link to the first article about coastal erosion in Africa.
Here is the link to the second article about coastal erosion in Africa.