Ch 11: Range of Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's video lessons to help you create writing lesson plans that meet 7th grade Common Core standards. In addition to getting classroom activity ideas, discover how the lessons can bolster your students' prewriting and essay writing skills.

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. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10)

About This Chapter

Students who exhibit range in their writing skills are able to develop ideas and communicate them in written form within a given time frame. In addition, 7th graders should be able to effectively respond to a variety of writing prompts or tasks. After studying the chapter's video lessons, your students should be able to do the following:

  • Write a strong essay in a timed setting
  • Identify the components of good essays
  • Organize an essay effectively
  • Describe the five-paragraph essay structure
  • Write engaging introductions
  • Explain the purpose of an essay's thesis statement

When students have mastered this Common Core standard, they'll be able to analyze prompts, write their responses in essay form and revise their work within a certain period of time. You'll notice that students who have a firm understanding of this standard are able to develop thesis statements and supporting details that fit the needs of a particular audience or essay type. Having these skills, which are reinforced by our lessons in this chapter, are essential to the academic success of middle schoolers as they progress to high school and beyond.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

The following list offers some ideas on how you can incorporate the lessons related to this writing standard into your teaching plans:

Organize Practice Brainstorming Sessions

After your students watch the video lessons on writing well and writing a strong essay quickly, have them come up with a writing prompt independently. Collect the prompts and redistribute them so that each student has a classmate's prompt. Give the students a short time frame to brainstorm ideas for the writing topic they've been provided. Go over the prompts and students' prewriting ideas as a class.

Let Students Teach the Class

Divide the students into groups and assign each one a lesson from the chapter. Group members should watch the video and then come up with a short presentation about the topics discussed in the lesson. For example, the students assigned the lesson on thesis statements could educate their classmates on the characteristics of a good thesis and the types of essays requiring a thesis statement.

Test Students' Organization Skills

As a class, watch the video lessons on essay organization and basic essay structure. Next, provide students with a sample essay that contains paragraphs out of order. Have each student independently identify the structural errors and determine the appropriate placement of each paragraph according to essay organization standards. Go over the assignment and the correct format of the sample essay as a class.

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: Range of Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10
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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

2. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Organize an Essay

3. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

4. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

5. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

What is a Thesis Statement?

6. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

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