Discipline: English/Language Arts

Grade Level: 7th

Course: Social Studies/Reading Course: 7th Grade Ancient Civilizations

©Literacy Design Collaborative. September 2011

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A Cinderella Comparison
  • Skills Cluster 1: Preparing for the Task
    • Skill Definition

      Bridging Conversation

      Ability to establish knowledge base and assess skills and strategies necessary to manage task.

      Task analysis

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

      Student project planning

      Ability to plan a task so that reading and writing processes are accomplished on time.

  • Skills Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition

      Reading "habits of mind"

      Ability to select appropriate texts and understand reading strategies needed for the task.

      Note-taking 1

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

      Note-taking 2

      Ability to prioritize and narrow supporting information.

  • Skills Cluster 3: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition


      Ability to transition from reading or researching phase to the writing phase.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Initiation of task

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


      Ability to develop a line of thought and text structure appropriate to an argumentation/evaluation task.


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

      L2: Ability to analyze competing arguments.

      L3: Ability to make clarifying connections and/or provide examples.


      Ability to apply revision strategies to refine development of argument, including line of thought, language usage, and tone as appropriate to audience and purpose.


      Ability to apply editing strategies and presentation applications.

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