Ch 9: Writing Practice: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.10

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Our video lessons on writing practice can help you meet the requirements for the Common Core English Language Arts standards, while teaching your 8th-grade students how to write an essay within a given amount of time. We've also included some tips on how to use the lessons in class, as well as how to assess when your students have achieved competency in this standard.

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.

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Students who have mastered this standard are able to write routinely during short and extended time frames, while focusing their attention on the writing task, purpose and audience. They also demonstrate their ability to manage their time, and follow the steps involved in writing a quality essay.

Lessons included in this standard cover topics in:

  • Essay writing for shorter time frames, or how to write a quality essay quickly
  • Effective time management
  • The steps involved in writing an essay
  • Essay writing over extended time frames, including research, reflection and revision.

Mastery of the writing practice standard is proof that a student knows how to use writing to communicate real or imagined events, express opinions and demonstrate their understanding of a subject. By mastering the standard, students convey an understanding of the main purposes of writing, as well as their ability to adapt the content and style of their texts to an audience, purpose and task. Students demonstrate their ability to analyze information and literary works and to acquire knowledge of a subject. They also show that they know how to manage their time when writing for short and extended time periods throughout the school year.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

How to Write an Essay Quickly

After watching and reviewing the key points of the video, play the traditional game 'telephone,' where each student adds a sentence to an oral essay within a given amount of time, e.g., one minute. Follow up with an in-class essay that must be written within a short time frame.

Steps Involved in Writing an Essay

Watch and highlight the key points of the essay writing lesson, and assign students a 5-paragraph essay on a topic of their choice. During the editing and revision process, have students add five new pieces of information to the essay, one for each paragraph, and review how the additions have improved the quality of the written piece.

Essay Writing Over Extended Time Frames

After watching and highlighting the extended time frame lesson, assign students a research-based essay that describes a historical event that happened on the days they were born. During the rough draft and reflection stages, students will submit their essay for a peer review.

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