- Write opinion pieces on authentic topics supporting a single perspective with logical reasons supported by facts and details. (W 4.1, 4.1a & L 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5)
- Write explanatory texts about authentic topics using research-based support that is purposefully grouped, sequenced and incorporates appropriate academic language. (W 4.2, 4.2b & L 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5)
- Write narratives to develop authentic experiences or events using precise language to describe the situation, events, and reactions of characters. (W 4.3, 4.3b & L 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5)
*See student writing examples on Appendix C of the Common Core document
Power Standards Critical Content
In the language of instruction, students will…
- Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences
- Write 3 or more long-form writing pieces to final draft
- In all types of writing:
- Plan, develop, and organize writing according to task, purpose and audience
- Draw evidence from various text to support analysis, reflection and research
- Use appropriate transition words and phrases to link ideas
- Use precise and/or academic language and vocabulary specific to the topic
- Apply conventions of the written language
- Create or write an opinion/argument piece supporting claims with reasons and information
- Include a clear introduction of an authentic topic
- Include or state an opinion, clearly defining a single perspective
- Organize and support reasons, ideas, facts, and details
- Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented
- Create or write informational/explanatory texts
- Create a clear introduction of an authentic topic
- Conduct and use research to support your topic
- Group related information in paragraphs and sections
- Use formatting structures, illustrations, and multimedia to clarify my topic
- Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic
- Provide a concluding statement or section related to the topic
- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.
- Orient (set the scene for) the reader by introducing the narrator, characters, and the events/situation.
- Develop experiences, events, and reactions of characters.
- Write a logical conclusion that provides a sense of closure.
- Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
- Take notes, categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
- Cite sources using bibliographic format (SLA Standard)
Additional Critical Content
- Identify parts of a plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution)
- Apply narrative techniques such as dialogue, description, sensory details
- Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing
- Identify questions and strategies for improving drafts based on self-assessment and reflection in writing conferences with a teacher
- Spell correctly, and identify misspelled words, using a reference guide or other resource if necessary
- Locate and correct capitalization errors
- Write in complete sentences
- Correctly form and use preposition and prepositional phrases
- Use technology to research, produce and publish writing, and to interact and collaborate with others
- Demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single setting