W.8.10Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Your 8th grader may have a day-to-day mindset, but you’ve got the big picture in mind.
W.8.3.c Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)CCSS. W.8.5With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. W.8.7Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
W.8.4Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. W.8.8Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Writing is an important skill to develop from an early age.
A student usually starts with learning how to write the alphabet and moves on to spelling words.
Assign students some historical fiction of their own.
Choose historical events or figures that they are studying, such as the Civil War or Abraham Lincoln, and ask them to create their own fictional story based on these events or characters.
These essay prompts empower seventh graders to write persuasively about an issue they genuinely care about.
Creative writing isn't just for the artists and the dreamers.