About This Chapter
Standard: Establish and maintain a formal style. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1D)
About This Chapter
These lessons are designed to help your students select the words and phrases appropriate for academic and professional writing. Topics of instruction include:
- Tips for addressing a particular audience
- Style rules for formal writing
- Uses of point of view
Once students have mastered this standard, they'll be able to employ a writing style that relates the importance of their message and enables readers to focus on the argument being presented.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Lead a Class Discussion
Watch the video lesson on formal writing style together in class. Start a discussion in which students compare and contrast a text written in an informal style with academic or professional writing.
Include Lessons with Homework Assignments
Include the video lesson on writing for your audience with students' reading assignment. The next day in class, have students work together in groups to identify words, sentences and phrases that identify the position and perspective of the work's intended audience.
Take a Trip to the Library
Introduce students to point of view with the corresponding video lesson. After a brief tutorial on your library's collection, have students peruse works of fiction, biography, memoir and nonfiction to identify genres commonly using first, second or third person point of view.
1. Writing for Your Audience
By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.
2. How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style
Writing a research paper requires a different kind of language than other kinds of writing. We call this writing in a formal style. Fortunately, the rules for writing in a formal style are quite easy. This lesson shows you how to do it.
3. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.
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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
- 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
- Production & Distribution of Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4-6
- 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