Discipline: Social Studies

Grade(s)/Level: 7th Grade

Course: 7th Grade Ancient Civilizations

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Ancient India and China
  • 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.

      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 the mind"

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

      Essential vocabulary

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


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

      Organizing notes

      Ability to prioritize and narrow notes and other information.

  • Skills Cluster 3: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition


      Ability to being linking reading results to writing task.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Initiation of process

      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 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 proofread and format a piece to make it more effective.


      Ability to submit final piece that meets expectations.

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