W.7.1 - Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
v I can write arguments and use clear reasons and relevant evidence to support my claims.
a) Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
v I can write a claim and recognize opposing views to my claim and logically organize reasons and evidence that support a written claim.
b) Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
v I can support my written claims with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using appropriate sources to show I understand the topic.
c) Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
v I can write a response using academic words, phrases and clauses to clearly show how written claims, reasons, and evidence fit together.
d) Establish and maintain a formal style.
v I can establish and maintain a formal style in presenting my written arguments.
e) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
v I can write a conclusion that follows from and supports the arguments I presented.
W.7.2 – Write organized and informative pieces, with relevant content, to explore a topic and express ideas, concepts, and information.
v I can write organized and informative pieces, with relevant content, to explore a topic and express ideas, concepts, and information.
a) Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
v I can organize my writing with a clear introduction and use appropriate strategies and formats to help explain my topic.
v I can write using formatting, graphics, and multimedia to add clarification.
b) Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
v I can develop a topic using appropriate facts, definitions, details, quotations, or other information and examples.
c) Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
v I can write using appropriate transitions to present clear connections between my ideas and concepts.
d) Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
v I can write using precise wording and specific vocabulary to teach others about a topic.
e) Establish and maintain a formal style.
v I can establish and maintain a formal style when presenting written information.
f) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
v I can write a conclusion that follows from and supports the information and explanations I presented.
W.7.3 – Write narrative stories with good technique, appropriate detailed descriptions, and logical sequences.
v I can write narrative stories with good technique, appropriate detailed descriptions and logical sequences.
a) Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
v I can gain the reader's attention by introducing ideas, a point of view, a narrator and/or character, and organize events in a narrative in a natural and logical order.
b) Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
v I can write a story using different techniques such as dialogue, pacing and descriptive words to help develop the characters and plots.
c) Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
v I can write a story using different types of transition words to show the sequence of events or shifts in the time or setting.
d) Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
v I can write a story using very specific words and phrases, descriptive details and sensory language to reveal the action and experiences.
e) Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
v I can write conclusions be reflecting on experiences and events I share in my stories.
W.7.4 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
v I can produce clear writing with appropriate development, organization and style to suit my task, purpose and audience.
W.7.5 - With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
v I can plan, revise, edit, rewrite or try a new approach in my writing with some help from peers and adults.
W.7.6 - Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
v I can use different forms of technology to create and publish my writing.
v I can appropriately link to and cite the different technology sources I have used in my writing.
v I can use technology to interact and collaborate with others.
W.7.7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
v I can use various sources to complete short research projects in order to answer a question.
v I can research a topic and develop more related questions about that topic for further exploration.
W.7.8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
v I can determine if a source is a credible and accurate when I gather new information from books or technology.
v I can quote or paraphrase from print and digital sources without plagiarizing.
v I can correctly cite sources within or at the end of my writing.
W.7.9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
v I can compare and contrast similar themes or topics or authors in various fiction and nonfiction genres.
v I can apply all that I have learned in 7th grade reading toward writing literature and informational texts.
W.7.10 - Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
v I can write with stamina for short time frames or over a longer period of time depending on my purpose, audience and topic.