About This Chapter
Standard: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4)
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. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.5)
Standard: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.6)
About This Chapter
Middle school students who understand these Common Core standards are able to develop essays that clearly and directly address a question or writing prompt. They are also able to use technology to complete writing assignments and effectively work with classmates. Our video lessons can help your 7th graders do the following:
- Respond directly to a writing prompt
- Organize essays according to purpose and audience
- Proofread, edit and improve essay content
- Understand group communication and collaboration technologies
- Recognize the factors in and consequences of ineffective group communication
- Practice effective listening in groups
You'll know your students have a solid grasp of the standards when they are able to not only craft a focused written response to a prompt but also revise their essays by proofreading for grammatical or spelling mistakes and editing to improve content. The students should be able to use technology to aid them in producing their work and in collaborating with classmates.
When tackling an assignment in groups, your 7th graders should exhibit focused, equal and positive communication as well as good listening skills. The abilities to analyze questions, improve writing and work effectively with others are essential both in the classroom and as students progress into college or the workplace.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
The following offers suggestions on how you can use the chapter's video lessons to develop engaging teaching plans that keep the Common Core ELA standards in mind.
Practice Essay Writing
In your classroom, view the video lessons on responding to essay prompts, organizing writing and practicing essay writing. Discuss the material and have the students take the multiple-choice lesson quizzes. After going over the answers, provide students with a short list of writing prompts to choose from. Have them write an essay in response to the prompt so they can practice being mindful of organization, structure, clarity, audience and purpose. Students may work on their essays both in class and/or at home as necessary.
Peer Edit Essays
As part of their homework assignment, instruct the class to watch the videos on proofreading and editing essays. Develop a table that outlines the key components to consider when revising an essay, including spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and weaknesses in content or organization. Make sure there is room in the table for students to write notes and comments.
Have students trade completed essays so they can proofread and edit a classmate's essay. The students can then examine their classmates' notes and make changes to the essays before turning them in. Have the students submit the original draft, the peer edit table and the revised essay.
Writing with Group Collaboration
After studying the video lessons on essay writing. effective listening and group communication, divide the class into small groups. Give them a short list of prompts for them to choose from and then have them work together to research answers, develop a written document, cite sources and perhaps create a visual aid on their selected subject.
This requires the students to make a group decision on their topic and also assign tasks to each member, which allows them to put their group collaboration skills to use. Have the groups make a short presentation of their work.
1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.
2. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience
By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.
3. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
4. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content
Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.
5. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.
6. Technologies for Group Communication and Collaboration: Groupware, Teleconferencing & Virtual Worlds
Technologies for group communication and collaboration allow intricate business relationships to exist and deliver productivity no matter where the employee is located. Groupware, teleconferencing and virtual worlds are three ways that technology is changing the face of the workplace.
7. Ineffective Group Communication in Groups
Ineffective group communication can dramatically impact the productivity and workplace success of a company. There are five factors that need to be addressed in order for groups to work together effectively.
8. Listening Effectively in Groups: Critical, Selective, Active & Empathetic Listening
Being an effective listener allows relationship building and leads to increased productivity in the workplace. To form an environment for effective listening, you need to know the best group sizes and the four types of effective listening.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Writing: Standards course
- Argumentative Writing Introduction: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1A
- Reasoning & Evidence for Arguments: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1B
- Phrases & Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1C
- Writing Style: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1D
- Supporting Conclusions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1E
- Informative & Explanatory Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2A-F
- Narrative Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3A-E
- Research to Build & Present Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7-8
- Text Analysis: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.9
- Range of Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10