Grade 8  |  2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)

  Write biographies,
autobiographies, short, or narratives  
  1. Relate a clear, coherent incident, event, or situation by using well-chosen details
  2. Reveal the significance of, or the writer's attitude about, the subject
  3. Employ narrative and descriptive strategies (e.g. relevant dialogue, specific action, physical description, background description, comparison or contrast or characters)

  Write responses to literature

  1. Exhibit careful reading and insight in their interpretations
  2. Connect the student's own responses to the writer's techniques and to specific textual references
  3. Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience
  4. Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or to personal knowledge

  Write research reports

  1. Define a thesis

  2. Record important ideas, concepts, and direct quotations from significant information sources and paraphrase and summarize all perspectives on the the topic, as appropriate

  3. Use a variety of primary and secondary sources and distinguish the nature and value of each

  4. Organize and display information on charts, maps and graphs

2.4   Write persuasive compositions
  1. Include a well-defined thesis (i.e., one that makes a clear and knowledgeable judgment)
  2. Present detailed evidence, examples, and reasoning to support arguments, differentiating between facts and opinions
  3. Provide details, reason, and examples, arranging them effectively by anticipation and answering reader concerns and counterarguments
2.5   Write documents related to career development, including simple
   business letters and job applications
  1. Present information purposefully and succinctly and meet the needs of the intended audience
  2. Follow the conventional format for the type of document (e.g., letter of inquiry memorandum
2.6   Write technical documents
  1. Identify the sequence of activities needed to design a system, operate a tool, or explain the bylaws of an organization
  2. Include all the factors and variables that need to be considered
  3. Use formatting techniques (e.g., headings, differing fonts) to aid comprehension

  *Write personal and formal letters, thank-you notes

  *Write summaries that contain the main ideas of the reading selection
     and the most significant details

 NOTE: *Not required but recommended