CCSS Writing Standard 2: Grade 7
(Bold font indicates California additions)
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
- Introduce a topic or thesis statement clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/ effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
- Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
- Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
- Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
- Establish and maintain a formal style.
- Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
Learning from Student Work: Writing an Editorial (Genre Features)
Characteristics of an editorial:
- An article that presents the newspaper's opinion on an issue
- Usually unsigned
- Intended to influence public opinion and promote critical thinking
- Sometimes intended to cause people to take action on an issue
- Includes both arguments and researched facts (research rarely cited)