About This Chapter
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 tasks, purposes, and audiences.
About This Chapter
Students who have developed skill in this standard are able to produce effective writing both quickly and when given a longer preparation time. They know how to determine a piece's audience and task and efficiently perform the requisite research according to the amount of time they have.
Video lessons in this standard provide instruction in:
- Writing for various audiences and purposes
- Formulating an effective piece of writing quickly
- Performing extended research for essays
- Allowing time for contemplation between drafts of a paper
- Undertaking multiple revisions for a single essay
Students show competence in this standard in writing short- and long-term papers for a range of tasks. Whether they are taking a timed essay test or preparing an extended research project, students are practiced enough in writing to adapt both their research and writing processes accordingly, preparing complete and appropriate essays for the intended audience and purpose.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Following are a few strategies for incorporating these lessons into classroom instruction in the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.10 standard:
Lessons in Focusing Quick Essays
Watch the video on how to write a great essay quickly in class. Then, give students a completed five-paragraph essay with the introduction and conclusion removed, and ask them to create an introduction and conclusion to go with the essay. This helps orient students to writing these components with focused accuracy according to the substantive content of an essay.
Short Time-Frame Essay Lessons
After watching the video on how to write a great essay quickly, ask students to prepare a brief essay for the next day on the history of the giant panda exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Specify their audience as being a group of younger children just starting to learn about zoos and pandas in their natural habitat.
Long Time-Frame Essay Lessons
After students have prepared their short-term essay from the previous tip, allow them an additional week to work on their papers, and ask them to extend the topic to encompass a more complete history of giant pandas' captivity worldwide. This assignment should be for an adult audience and may focus on a distilled topic within the realm of examining and informing about the challenges, motivations, and evolutions in humans' keeping giant pandas in captivity.
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.
2. How to Develop & Revise Your Essay Over Time
You have over three weeks to complete an essay. You have plenty of time, so you don't worry about starting. Suddenly, you have just a few days until the due date, and you haven't even begun! Watch this video lesson to avoid this common mistake and learn how to develop an essay over time.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA - Writing Grades 11-12: Standards course
- Write Arguments: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1
- Write Informative Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2
- Write Narratives: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3
- Write Clear Essays: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.4
- Planning & Revising Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.5
- Use Technology for Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.6
- Conduct Research Projects: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.7
- Gather Relevant Information: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8