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Grade 7 / ELA / Writing
CCSS: ELA.W.7.4

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

W

Writing Standards 6-12

7

7th Grade

4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

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Length

9 minutes

Objective

Prepare to write expository essays by learning and practicing a "piling" categorization method

Questions to Consider

  • What can you learn from Ms. Fansler's "baby steps" approach to writing?
  • What is the purpose of the "thematic piling" strategy?
  • How does the teacher make this strategy relevant to students?

Common Core Standards

ELA.W.7.4

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Common Core Standards
ELA.W.7.4

Supporting Materials

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  • Instructional Plan.PDF

  • Expository Essay Student Work.PDF

  • Thematic Piles Student Work Cover Sheet.PDF

  • Handout: Bellwork Assignment.PDF

  • Handout: Expository Essay Prompt.PDF

  • Teacher Commentary.PDF

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