M/J Writing 3   (#1009050)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and use grade-level developmental writing and language skills in a variety of writing formats for argumentative, informative, and literary analysis purposes.

In grades 6-8, analysis and writing are the primary foci. Rhetoric is introduced in 6th grade. In this grade band, students go from explaining theme to analyzing it. Students progress from examining character perspective to working with complex narrator types. Students are also being introduced to literature from historic time periods. This framework should help students in building a body of knowledge useful in being able to interpret multiple layers of meaning. 

General Notes

English Language Arts is not a discrete set of skills, but a rich discipline with meaningful, significant content, the knowledge of which helps all students actively and fully participate in our society. Standards are not stand alone as a separate focus for instruction, but should be combined purposefully.

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • active reading of exemplar writing models to examine
    • effects of figurative, denotative, and connotative language choice
    • influence on idea development of sentence structures, sentence rhythm, and grammatical choices
    • reciprocal nature of content and form
  • writing for varied purposes, including
    • developing and supporting argumentative claims
    • crafting coherent, supported informative/expository texts
    • responding to literature for personal and analytical purposes
    • writing narratives to develop real or imagined events
    • digital writing platforms
    • writing to sources using text- based evidence and reasoning
  • collaboration amongst peers

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Language Arts. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/la.pdf.

Version Requirements

One-third of the titles from the 8th Grade Sample Book List should be used in instruction.

General Information

Course Number: 1009050
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J WRITING 3
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Draft - Course Pending Approval

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