Discipline: Science

Grade(s)/Level: 7th Grade

Course: Life Science

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Using Classification to Investigate Living Organisms
  • 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

      Text selection

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

      Essential vocabulary

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


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

  • Skills Cluster 3: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition


      Ability to being linking reading results to writing tasks.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Initiation of task

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


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


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


      Ability to submit final piece that meets expectations.

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