Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Topic: Writing Standards, Grades 11 and 12.

10-second review: Argument. Informative/Explanatory Writing. Narratives. Production. Research. Response to Literary and Informational Sources. Range of writing tasks, purposes and audiences.

Substantive claim. Establish significance, distinguish from opposing claims. Organize claims, reasons and evidence logically. Develop claim’s strengths and weaknesses of counter claim.

Sustain objective style and tone.

Analyze audience’s knowledge, values and possible biases.

Concluding statement that follows logically form the argument and offers reflections or recommendations.

Informative/Explanatory Writing
Unified whole.

Formatting (headings, etc.), graphics (figures, tables, etc.) to clarify ideas.

Facts, concrete details, quotations, definitions, examples.

Transitional devices.

Precise language.

Metaphor, simile, analogy.

Consider expertise of likely readers.

Well-developed conclusion.

Establish  problem, situation.

Organize events or experiences.

Setting and complex characters.

Build toward particular effect.

Precise language.

Satisfying conclusion.

[Comment: Narratives will be embedded in expository material. RayS.]

Plan, revise, edit. Specific purpose and audience. Publish, using technology.

Short, focused research projects.

Sustained research.

Synthesize multiple sources.

Answer a question or solve a ;problem.

Analyze evidence for credibility and accuracy of information.

Standard format for citation.

Response to Literary or Informational Sources
In literature, analyze how an author transforms sources.

Literary nonfiction. Analyze reasoning and rhetoric that support an argument.

Identify fallacious reasoning.

Range of Writing
Write a range of tasks for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Source:  “CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science.” March 10, 2010. You will find the standards at http://www.corestandards.org/.

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