Writing Lit Standard 1

Grades 6-8:
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
a.  Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
b.  Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
c.  Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
d.  Establish and maintain a formal style.
e.  Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
 
Course
Unit (if appropriate)
 Activity (type of writing)
 Keyboarding  Write a letter about a good experience at a local business. (narrative)
 Personal Finance  Write narratives about which type of payment should be used in given situations. (argument/informational)
 Computer Lit  Develop a set of steps necessary to clean a computer and the importance of each step. (process)
 
Grades 9-10:
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
a.  Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons and evidence.
b.  Develop claim(s) an counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.
c.  Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
d.  Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
e.  Provide a concluding statement or section that follows or supports the argument presented.
 
Course
Unit (if appropriate)
 Activity (type of writing)
Computer Applications  Develop a presentation describing a process to do a simple task.  Steps must be detailed so that someone following only the steps can complete the task successfully. (process)
Personal Finance  Develop a list of pros/cons for five businesses that you are interested in investing in.  Recommend one company of the five with supporting reasons.  (informational/argument)
Computer Literacy  Write a position paper of the merits of a Mac vs. PC. (argument)
 
Grades 11-12:
Write arguments focues on discipline-specific content.
a.  Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and creat and organization that logically sequences the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
b.  Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant data and evidence for each while point out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form that anticipates the audience's knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
c.  Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
d.  Establish and maintain a formal sytyle and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
e.  Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from or supports the argument presented.
 
Course
Unit (if appropriate)
 Activity (type of writing)
 Personal Finance  Research the merits of financing a home for 30 years vs. 15 years.  What is the difference in interest?  What is the best means of financing?  What are the obstacles?  (argument)
 Managment      Use the FBLA Emerging Business Issues topic to write a pro or con stance for the topic.  (argument)
 Accounting  Write a report outlining the differences between financial and managerial accounting. (informational)
 International Business  Select a local business.  Research countries in which to expand this business.  What is the best choice? (informational/argument)
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