LAFS.8.W.1.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  1. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  2. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
  3. Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
  4. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  5. Establish and maintain a formal style.
  6. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 8
Strand: Writing Standards
Idea: Level 4: Extended Thinking &Complex Reasoning
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved

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1700060: M/J Career Research and Decision Making (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7810013: Access M/J Language Arts 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
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Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2a: Create an organizational structure for writing that groups information logically (e.g., cause/effect, compare/contrast, descriptions and examples) to support paragraph focus.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2b: Provide a clear introduction, previewing information to follow and summarizing stated focus.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2c: Develop the topic (e.g., add additional information related to the topic) with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations or other information and examples.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2d: Use transitional words, phrases and clauses that connect ideas and create cohesion within writing.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2e: Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2f: Maintain a consistent style and voice throughout writing (e.g., third person for formal style, accurate and efficient word choice, sentence fluency, voice should be active versus passive).
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2g: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a coherent manner with relevant evidence.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2h: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
LAFS.8.W.1.AP.2i: Report on a topic with a logical sequence of ideas, appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details that support the main ideas.

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