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LANGUAGE ARTS

Creative Writing
Standard: Writing Process
Organizing Topic
Prewriting

Benchmark
A. Formulate writing ideas and identify a topic appropriate to
the purpose and audience.

B. Develop writing targeting a specific audience.


Prewriting

B. Determine the usefulness of organizers and apply


appropriate pre-writing tasks.

Indicator
1. Generate writing ideas through discussions with others
and from printed material and keep a list of writing ideas.
4. Determine a purpose and audience and plan strategies
(e.g., adapting focus, content structure and point of view)
to address purpose and audience.
3a. Determine the usefulness of and apply appropriate prewriting tasks (e.g., background reading, interviews or
surveys).
3b. Select subject for interview and prepare journalistic
narrative.
4. Establish and develop a clear thesis statement for
informational writing or a clear plan or outline for
narrative writing.
5a. Use organizational strategies (e.g., notes and outlines) to
plan writing.
5b. Use appropriate organizational skills including pre-writing
techniques and format for a variety of purposes.

Drafting, Revising
and Editing

5c. Use appropriate organizational skills, language, and


format for a variety of purposes.
6a. Organize writing to create a coherent whole with an
effective and engaging introduction, body and conclusion,
and a closing sentence that summarizes, extends or
elaborates on points or ideas in the writing.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Creative Writing
Standard: Writing Process
Organizing Topic
Drafting, Revising
and Editing

Drafting, Revising
and Editing

Benchmark
B. Determine the usefulness of organizers and apply
appropriate pre-writing tasks.

C. Use revision strategies to improve the style, variety of


sentence structure, clarity of controlling idea, logic,
effectiveness of word choice, and transitions between
paragraphs, passages or ideas.

Indicator
6b. Compose expository papers in proper format for various
and specific purposes.
18. Prepare setting(s), description, character sketches and plot
outline for narrative writing.
7. Use a variety of sentence structures and lengths (e.g.,
simple, compound and complex sentences; parallel or
repetitive sentence structure).
8a. Use paragraph form in writing, including topic sentences
that arrange paragraphs in a logical sequence, using
effective transitions and closing sentences and maintaining
coherence across the whole through the use of parallel
structures.
8b. Construct paragraphs that contain necessary elements and
effectively join paragraphs that contain necessary
elements to create a unified composition.
9. Use precise language, action verbs, sensory details,
colorful modifiers and style as appropriate to audience and
purpose and use techniques to convey a personal style and
voice.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Creative Writing
Standard: Writing Process
Organizing Topic
Drafting, Revising
and Editing

Benchmark
D. Use a variety of strategies to revise content, organization,
and style and to improve word choice, sentence variety,
clarity and consistency of writing.

Indicator
11a.Reread and analyze clarity of writing, consistency of
point of view and effectiveness of organizational structure.
11b.Use editing and revision techniques to improve overall
development and effect of narrative writing.
12a.Add and delete information and details to better elaborate
on a stated central idea and to more effectively accomplish
purpose.
12b.Use descriptive techniques to create a picture through
writing.
12c.Use figures of speech to achieve aesthetic effect when
writing.
13. Rearrange words, sentences and paragraphs, and add
transitional words and phrases to clarify meaning and
maintain consistent style, tone and voice.
14a. Use resources and reference materials (e.g.,
dictionaries and thesauruses) to select effective and
precise vocabulary that maintains consistent style, tone
and voice.
14b.Develop narrative techniques by using resources to
improve vocabulary and writing style.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Creative Writing
Standard: Writing Process
Organizing Topic
Drafting, Revising
and Editing

Drafting, Revising
and Editing
Drafting, Revising
and Editing
Publishing

Drafting, Revising
and Editing

Benchmark
E. Construct grammatically correct, clear and focused
sentences.

F. Apply tools to judge the quality of writing.


G. Prepare writing for publication that is legible, follows an
appropriate format and uses techniques such as electronic
resources and graphics.
H. Prepare writing for publication that follows an appropriate
format and uses a variety of techniques to enhance the final
product.

Indicator
15a.Proofread writing, edit to improve conventions (e.g.,
grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization) identify
and correct fragments and run-ons and eliminate
inappropriate slang or informal language. Participate in
peer and group editing.
15b.Apply editing strategies to eliminate slang and improve
conditions.
16. Apply tools (e.g., rubric, checklist and feedback) to judge
the quality of writing.
10. Use available technology to compose text.

17a.Prepare for publication (e.g., for display or for sharing


with others) writing that follows a manuscript form
appropriate for the purpose, which could include such
techniques as electronic resources, principles of design
(e.g., margins, tabs, spacing and columns) and graphics
(e.g., drawings, charts and graphs to enhance the final
product. Use proper MLA documentations of resources
(endnotes, works cited). Understand the meaning and
consequences of plagiarism.
17b.Choose appropriate evaluated and revised writing from
completed assignments for submission to outside
publication.