Standard 1: Communicating Through Writing

General Information
Number: ELA.6.C.1
Title: Communicating Through Writing
Type: Standard
Subject: English Language Arts (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 6
Strand: Communication

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Access Points

ELA.6.C.1.AP.2
Write a personal narrative using precise words and figurative language with guidance and support.
ELA.6.C.1.AP.3
Make and support a claim using logical reasoning, relevant evidence from a source(s), elaboration and a logical organizational structure with transitions.
ELA.6.C.1.AP.4
Write an expository text to explain information from a source(s), using a logical organizational structure, relevant elaboration and transitions.
ELA.6.C.1.AP.5
Improve writing by planning, revising and editing, considering feedback from adults and peers.

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