Discipline: Science

Grade Level: 8

Course: Physical Science

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The Laws of Conservation and Photosynthesis
  • 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.

  • Skills Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition

      Active Reading:

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

      Academic Integrity:

      Ability to use and credit sources appropriately.

      Note Taking:

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

  • Skills Cluster 3: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition


      Ability to begin linking reading results to writing task.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition


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


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


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


      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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