Discipline: ELA

Grade Level: 7th grade-GT

Course: 7th grade language arts-GT

©Literacy Design Collaborative. September 2011

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Great Expectations: Growing into a Hero: Informational Module
What
Skills?
  • Skills Cluster 1: Preparing for the Task
    • Skill Definition

      1. Task engagement

      Ability to connect the task and new content to existing knowledge, skills, experiences, interests, and concerns.

      2. Task analysis

      Ability to understand and explain the task's prompt and rubric. 

  • Skills Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition

      1. Text selection

      Ability to identify appropriate texts.

      2. Active reading

      Ability to identify the central point and main supporting elements of a text.

      3. Analysis practice

      Ability to use central ideas of informational texts to practice analysis with short texts and film clips in preparation for writing.

      4. Essential vocabulary

      Ability to identify and master terms essential to understanding a text.

      5. Academic integrity

      Ability to use and credit sources appropriately.

      6. Note-taking

      Ability to select important facts and passages for use in one's own writing.

  • Skills Cluster 3: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition

      1. Bridging

      Ability to begin linking reading results to writing task.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      1. Controlling idea

      Ability to establish a controlling idea and consolidate information relevant to task.

      2. Planning

      Ability to develop a line of thought and text structure appropriate to an information/explanation task.

      3. Development

      Ability to construct an initial draft with an emerging line of thought and structure.

      4. Revision

      Ability to refine text, including line of thought, language usage, and tone as appropriate to audience and purpose.

      5. Editing

      Ability to proofread and format a piece to make it more effective.

      6. Completion

      Ability to submit final piece that meets expectations.

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