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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience
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About the Common Core
Lessons included in this collection cover topics addressed by the Common Core writing standards for 8th grade and are designed to help improve students' ability to write focused prose that includes plenty of supporting evidence or narrative detail. Content also includes tips to help them conduct research and publish their work.
If you're designing a unit around these Common Core standards, you can use the video lessons included here to supplement instruction. You might watch them in class before beginning a writing exercise or assign them to students to use as a guide when researching or writing their own assignments.
Writing Arguments: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1
Standard: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Help students learn how to establish their point of view and capture the audience with a strong thesis statement. Lessons provide tips for ensuring an essay includes sufficient evidence to back up an argument and addresses possible challenges or counterclaims. Students can also discover how to write a concluding statement that follows the logic and evidence presented.
Writing Informative Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2
Standard: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Use these lessons on the characteristics of informative and descriptive essays to help students organize a written response that contains strong topic sentences, transitions, and effective conclusions. Instructors also outline basic essay structure and the use of word choice to develop style and tone.
Writing Narratives: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3
Standard: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
These lessons on narrative essays demonstrate the use of dialogue, description, and sensory details to relate an experience. Lessons also cover essay pacing and sequence as well as characteristics of an effective conclusion.
Development, Organization & Style in Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.4
Standard: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Watch strategies for crafting a focused essay response that engages the audience. You can access lessons about writing an outline and rough draft as well as tips for getting extra essay writing practice.
Revising & Editing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.5
Standard: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
These lessons show students how to revise their essays and determine whether or not they fulfill the stated purpose. Lessons also outline common spelling and grammatical errors and peer editing strategies designed to help students review each other's work.
Using Technology for Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.6
Standard: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Familiarize students with available presentation software and graphic suites. You can also teach them how to use basic word processing techniques and the Internet to write and publish their work.
Conducting Research: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7
Standard: Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
This chapter focuses on the initial stages of a short-term research project. Lessons show students how to use sources to answer an initial question and generate follow-up questions that develop several lines of inquiry.
Finding & Citing Sources: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.8
Standard: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Use these lessons to help students learn when to write a bibliography or works cited page. Content can also show them how to cite a variety of books, magazines, reference materials, and online sources in MLA format. Additional lessons cover tips for tracking down reliable source material and integrating it into their work.
Analyze Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.9
Standard: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Help students improve their reading comprehension skills with the close and big picture reading strategies outlined in these lessons. You can show students how to use context clues, prior knowledge, and visualization to analyze a literary passage and infer meaning.
Writing Practice: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.10
Standard: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Lessons in this chapter can teach students how to spend their time wisely when writing timed essays. They can also show them how to complete the prewriting, writing, and revision stages of a research project before a deadline.
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