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Course SummaryLet us help your 9th and 10th grade students master Common Core Writing standards with this course. Use these chapters, lessons and quizzes to refresh your lesson plans or ensure that your curriculum meets educational standards.
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The standards in this course cover a wide variety of topics, including writing informative texts, making and defending an argument, writing narratives, researching and organization. Teachers may have students practice the standards by first identifying the various types of writing that students will encounter in the English language arts common core, and having them practice each type of writing, including writing informative, objective 'how to' texts, research papers, personal narrative and arguments.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
This chapter emphasizes identifying relevant details to support a claim and effectively using factual information to support arguments made from sources.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
This chapter covers topics such as selecting relevant details, organizing and editing content, and writing objective, factual texts. Students can practice this standard by writing a 'how to' article in layman's terms.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Students will learn about story structure and how to paint a picture with words by selecting and using details that add to the story's theme and experience of the reader.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
The lessons teach students to identify various types and tasks of writing, and the audience for each type. Students will also learn to employ proper style, organization and tone for their writings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
This chapter will teach students how to improve their writing by identifying the reason for writing a particular text and its audience, and revising or writing according to the need for the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
This lesson emphasizes using the available technological resources to strengthen students' arguments, claims or statements by finding, selecting and appropriately presenting information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
In this lesson, students will learn research skills to aid them in finding and selecting sufficient, relevant sources to use to substantiate a claim or research topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
This chapter emphasizes the need to have effective research skills in order to scrutinize information and select the best sources to use in an article. Students are also taught how to cite the sources used in their articles.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
This lesson teaches students to search for supporting statements in texts to back or develop arguments. Students should also be able to effectively use quotes from a book or text to support their arguments.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.10: 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 tasks, purposes, and audiences.
This chapter acknowledges that with time and practice, students' writing skills are likely to improve. The lesson emphasizes that students need to exercise their range of writing skills by appropriately choosing and accommodating an assortment of tasks, audiences and purposes for various articles.
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