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7th Grade Writing Skills Continuum by 9USYP82I

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                   6th Grade                                      7th Grade                                         8th Grade
                                                                 General Writing
Use appropriate voice for genre                  Use print and electronic resources (e.g., word    - Use print and electronic resources (e.g. word
                                                 processing, dictionary, thesaurus) to adhere to   processing, dictionary, thesaurus) to adhere to
                                                 correct spelling, grammar, usage and              correct spelling, grammar, usage, and
                                                 mechanics.                                        mechanics
Parts of speech                                  Provide details and appropriate depth of          Students will select and incorporate ideas or
- Verb                                           elaboration for understanding.                    information (e.g., from research, reading,
- Adjective                                                                                        discussion, other content areas), explaining
- Noun                                                                                             reflections or related connections (e.g.,
- Adverb                                                                                           identifying relationships, drawing conclusions,
- Pronoun                                                                                          offering support for conclusions, organizing
- Preposition                                                                                      prior knowledge about a topic)
- Conjunctions                                                                                     - In on-demand embedded narrative use
Mechanics                                                                                          concrete details and sensory details to create
- Capitalization                                                                                   an image for the reader
- Punctuation
- Spelling
Usage
- Direct/Indirect Objects
- Predicate Nominative/Adjective
- Pronoun/Antecedent agreement
- Subject/Verb agreement
- Use of subjective and objective pronouns
Phrases
   - infinitive
   - prepositional
Clauses
  -dependent/subordinate
  -independent
 Use print and electronic resources (e.g.,
 dictionary, thesaurus, mechanics, word
 processing) to adhere to correct spelling and
 word choice




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 Provide details and appropriate depth of        Identify and use simple, compound, and             Write sentences
 elaboration for understanding                   complex sentences correctly.                        - simple
                                                 Differentiate between dependent and                - compound
                                                 independent clauses.                               - complex
                                                 Identify and write using all types of sentences:   Students will develop analytical structures
                                                 declarative, interrogative, imperative, and        appropriate to purpose (e.g., sequence,
                                                 exclamatory.                                       description, cause/effect, compare/contrast,
                                                 Create quality transitional sentences and          chronology, proposition/support)
                                                 effectively use transitions to guide reader and    Make decisions to use transitions
                                                 provide clarity.                                   (words/phrases) appropriate to the genre
                                                                                                    Apply quality transitional sentences to connect
                                                                                                    paragraphs throughout writing

sentence structures                                                                                 Communicate through authentic transactive
simple sentences                                                                                    purposes for writing (e.g. informing, describing,
compound sentences                                                                                  explaining, persuading, analyzing)
complex sentences                                                                                   Analyze and address needs of intended
Identify and write using sentence types:                                                                audience
- declarative                                                                                       Adjust the writing style (formal, informal,
- explanatory                                                                                           business) for intended audience
- imperative
- interrogative
 Move from transitional words to transitional
 sentences to provide cohesiveness in writings
 -Sentence variety
  -sentence beginnings
   (leads)
  -conclusions
  -sentence combining
 Use appropriate voice for genre                 Use print and electronic resources (e.g., word     - Use print and electronic resources (e.g. word
                                                 processing, dictionary, thesaurus) to adhere to    processing, dictionary, thesaurus) to adhere to
                                                 correct spelling, grammar, usage and               correct spelling, grammar, usage, and
                                                 mechanics.                                         mechanics




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                                                                 Writing Process
Editing:                                        Drafting:                                           Prewriting:
Language Usage:                                   -Determine how, when and whether to use           - Model examples of
Subject/Verb agreement (singular and plural)      visuals (e.g., illustrations, charts, diagrams,     -editorial
Present, Past and Future verb tense               photographs) or technologies (e.g., digital         -letter
Comparative and superlative adjectives            images, video) in lieu of or in addition to         -speech
Comparative and superlative adverbs               written communication                               -article
Pronoun references                                -Logically introduce and incorporate quotes       - Write effective introductions and closures
Double negatives                                Revising:                                           appropriate for the mode of the on-demand
Commonly confused words:                        Revise writing pieces throughout the year with      writing
   - a/an                                       intense revision on selected portfolio pieces       - Eliminate redundant words/phrases
   - to/two/too,                                Editing:                                            - Choose most specific word for use in a
   - there/their/they’re                        Language Usage                                      sentence
idiomatic expressions                           -Predicate Nominative                               - For on-demand writing
Sentence structure:                             -Predicate Adjective                                   -establish purpose and audience for each
Run-on sentences                                -Subject/Verb agreement (singular and plural)          example
Sentence fragments                              -Present, Past and Future -verb tense               Editing:
Simple sentences                                -Comparative adjectives                             Language Usage
Subordination                                   -Superlative adjectives                             Subject/Verb agreement (singular and plural)
Coordination                                    -Comparative adverbs                                Present, Past and Future verb tense
Misplace modifiers                              -superlative adverbs                                Comparative and superlative adjectives
Dangling modifiers                              -Pronoun references                                 Comparative and superlative adverbs
Spelling:                                       -Pronoun antecedent agreement                       Pronoun references
Generalizations and rules for spelling:         -Subjective and objective pronouns                  Double negatives
- plural forms of words                         -Double negatives                                   Commonly confused words
- contractions                                  -Commonly confused words:                              - a/an
- verb endings                                     - a/an                                              - to/two/too,
Capitalization :                                   - to/two/too,                                       - there/their/they’re
- Proper nouns                                     - there/their/they’re                            idiomatic expressions
- Beginning of sentences                        -Idiomatic expressions                              Sentence structure
- Pronoun “I”                                   -Prepositional phrases                              Run-on sentences
- Proper adjectives                             -Appositive phrases                                 Sentence fragments
- First word in a quote when appropriate        -Infinitive phrases                                 Simple sentences
- Words in a title                              Sentence structure:                                 Subordination
Punctuation:                                    -Run-on sentences                                   Coordination
- Declarative, exclamatory, interrogative and   -Sentence fragments                                 Misplace modifiers




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  imperative sentences.                       -Simple sentences                               Dangling modifiers
- Commas:                                     -Subordination                                  Spelling
   - in a series                              -Coordination                                   Generalizations and rules for spelling:
   - a date                                   -Misplaced modifiers                            - plural forms of words
   - a compound sentence the greeting and     -Dangling modifiers                             - contractions
     closing of a letter.                     -Direct and indirect objects                    - verb endings
   - in appositives                           Spelling:                                       Capitalization
   - direct address,                          Generalizations and rules for spelling:         - Proper nouns
   - introductory phrases                     - plural forms of words                         - Beginning of sentences
   - clauses.                                 - contractions                                  - Pronoun “I”
- apostrophes in possessives and              - verb endings                                  - Proper adjectives
  contractions.                               Capitalization                                  - First word in a quote when appropriate
- periods in abbreviations and acronyms.      - Proper nouns                                  - Words in a title
- semi-colons in items in a series and in     - Beginning of sentences                        Punctuation
  correcting combined sentences.              - Pronoun “I”                                   - Declarative, exclamatory, interrogative and
- colons in introducing a list and business   - Proper adjectives                               imperative sentences.
  letter greeting.                            - First word in a quote when appropriate        - Commas:
- quotation marks in dialogue, titles and     - Words in a title                                 - in a series
  direct/indirect quotes                      Punctuation                                        - a date
                                              - Declarative, exclamatory, interrogative and      - a compound sentence the greeting and
                                                imperative sentences                               closing of a letter.
                                              - Commas:                                          - in appositives
                                                 - in a series                                   - direct address,
                                                 - a date                                        - introductory phrases
                                                 - a compound sentence                           - clauses.
                                                 - the greeting and closing of a letter       - apostrophes in possessives and
                                                 - in appositives                               contractions.
                                                 - direct address                             - periods in abbreviations and acronyms.
                                                 - introductory phrases                       - semi-colons in items in a series and in
                                                 - clauses                                      correcting combined sentences.
                                              - apostrophes in possessives and contractions   - colons in introducing a list and business
                                              - periods in abbreviations and acronyms           letter greeting.
                                              - semi-colons in items in a series and in       - quotation marks in dialogue, titles and
                                                correcting combined sentences                   direct/indirect quotes
                                              - colons in introducing a list and business
                                                letter greeting
                                              - quotation marks in dialogue, titles and




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                                                      direct/indirect quotes
                                                    Document use of sources.
                                                                    Reflective Writing
                                                    Draft a reflective letter and/or essay; take one
                                                    through the writing process.

                                                                    Personal Writing
Characteristics of form per:                        Draft or revise at least one personal piece;
 - personal narrative                               take one through the writing process
 - personal memoir
 - personal essay (teach with DARE essay)

                                                                    Literary Writing
 - Communicate through                              Write at least one short story and at least three
   - painting a picture                             poems
   - recreating a feeling
   - telling a story
   - capturing a moment
   - evoking an image or showing an
     extraordinary perception of the ordinary.
Characteristics of form:
-short story
-play/script
-poem
Create a point of view
Use a suitable tone or appropriate voice.
Apply a fictional perspective in literary writing
when appropriate
                                                                    Transactive Writing
 Persuasive Techniques:                             Identify and apply elements of transactive          Communicate a purpose through informing or
  - expert opinion                                  writing forms (e.g., editorial, feature article,    persuading.
  - repetition                                      review letter, etc.)                                Students will develop an angle to achieve
  - rhetorical question                                                                                 purpose.
  - logical/emotional/ethical appeal                                                                      Students will communicate as an
  - allusion                                                                                                informed writer to clarify what the reader
                                                                                                            should know, do or believe as a result of
                                                                                                            reading the piece.




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                                                                Students will apply characteristics of the
                                                                 selected form (e.g., letter, feature article).
                                                                Students will use a suitable tone.
                                                                Students will allow voice to emerge when
                                                                 appropriate.

                                                               Students will write
                                                               -persuasive letter
                                                               -persuasive editorial
                                                               -feature article
                                                               -speech
                                                              Students will communicate understanding of a
                                                              complex idea or event from multiple
                                                              perspectives
                                                              Know format of:
                                                                -speech
                                                                -article
                                                                -editorial
                                                                -letter




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