Discipline: Science

Grade Level: 7

Course: Life Science

©Literacy Design Collaborative. September 2011

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The Effect Algal Blooms Have on Marine Ecosystems
What
Skills?
  • Skills Cluster 1: Preparing for the Task
    • Skill Definition

      Task Engagement

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

      Task Analysis

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

  • Skills Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition

      Note Taking

      Ability to read purposefully and select relevant information; to summarize and/or paraphrase.

      Essential Vocabulary

      Ability to apply strategies for developing an understanding of text(s) by locating words and phrases that identify key concepts and facts, or information.

      Making Inferences

      Ability to make observations and relate these observations to key concepts and essential vocabulary learned.

      Active Reading

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

      Scientific Inquiry

      Ability to use scientific concepts and apply them to develop or simulate experimental designs.

  • Skills Cluster 3: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition

      Bridging

      Ability to begin linking reading results to writing task.

      Academic Integrity

      Ability to use and credit sources appropriately.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Controlling Idea

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

      Planning

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

      Development

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

      Revision

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

      Editing

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

      Completion

      Ability to submit final piece that meets expectations.

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