Grade 7  |  2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)

Write fictional or
autobiographical narratives
  1. Develop a standard plot line (having a beginning, conflict, rising action, climax, and denouement) and point of view
  2. Develop complex major and minor characters and a definite setting.
  3. Use a range of appropriate strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; naming of specific narrative action, including movement, gestures, and expressions)

  Write responses to literature

  1. Develop interpretations exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight
  2. Organize interpretations around several clear ideas, premises, or images form the literary work
  3. Justify interpretations through sustained use of examples and textural evidence

  Write research reports

  1. Pose relevant and tightly drawn questions about the topic

  2. Convey clear and accurate perspectives on the subject

  3. Include evidence compiled through the formal research process (e.g., use of a card catalog, Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, a computer catalog, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries)

2.4   Write persuasive compositions
  1. State a clear position or perspective in support of a proposition or proposal
  2. Describe the point in support of the proposition, employing well-articulated evidence
  3. Anticipate and address reader concerns and counterarguments
2.5   Write summaries of reading materials
  1. Include the main ideas and most significant details
  2. Use the student's own words, except for quotations
  3. Reflect underlying meaning, not just the superficial details

  *Write personal and formal letters, thank-you notes
NOTE: *Not required but recommended