Wednesday, October 3, 2007

2nd Nine Weeks Curriculum

In addition to the reading/literature objectives outlined in the previous post, the Georgia Performance Standards for the next 3 months include these writing and grammar objectives:

Identifies and writes complex, compound-complex sentences

Produces technical writing (business correspondence, instructions and procedures; web pages): (ELA7WIII) Creates and follows an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience and context; excludes extraneous and inappropriate information; follows an organizational pattern appropriate to this kind of composition; and applies rules of standard English.

Produces writing (multi-paragraph expository such as description, explanation, comparison-contrast, or problem and solution) (ELA7W2II) Engages the reader by establishing context, creating a speaker’s voice, and developing reader interest; develops a controlling idea; creates an organizing structure; develops topic with supporting details; excludes extraneous and inappropriate details; follows an organizational patter appropriate to this kind of composition; and concludes with a detailed summary linked to the purpose.

Uses the writing process to develop, revise, and evaluate writing (ELA7W4) Plans and drafts independently and resourcefully; takes notes, outlines, summarizes to impose structure on drafts; revises manuscripts to improve organization and consistency within and between paragraphs; and edits for precision and better word-choice.

Demonstrates understanding and control of the rules of the English language, realizing that usage involves the appropriate application of conventions and grammar in both written and spoken formats. (ELA7C1) Identifies and writes correctly punctuated adjective and adverb clauses; identifies and uses verb tenses consistently (simple and perfect); demonstrates correct usage of comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs; understands comma and semicolon use (with all types of sentences and with split dialogue; and produces final drafts that demonstrate correct spelling, use of punctuation and capitalization.

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