TVO Learn 7 & 8 Writing

What research steps might we take to assist our writing in any subject area? 


OVERALL EXPECTATION

1. generate, gather, and organize ideas and informatio nto write for an intended purpose and audience

Grade 7 Specific expectations
1.1 identify the topic, purpose, and audience for more complex writing forms


1.2 generate ideas about more challenging topics and identify those most appropriate to the purpose


1.3 gather information to support ideas for writing, using a variety of strategies and a wide range of print and electronic sources


1.4 sort and classify ideas and information for their writing in a variety of ways that allow them to manipulate information and see different combinations and relationships in their data


1.5 identify and order main ideas and supporting details and group them into units that could be used to develop a multi-paragraph piece of writing, using a variety of strategies


1.6 determine whether the ideas and information they have gathered are relevant, appropriate, and sufficiently specific for the purpose, and do more planning and research if necessary

Grade 8 Specific expectations

1.1 identify the topic, purpose, and audience for more complex writing forms


1.2 generate ideas about more challenging topics and identify those most appropriate to the purpose


1.3 gather information to support ideas for writing, using a variety of strategies and a wide range of print and electronic sources


1.4 sort and classify ideas and information for their writing in a variety of ways that allow them to manipulate information and see different combinations and relationships in their data


1.5 identify and order main ideas and supporting details and group them into units that could be used to develop a summary, a debate, or a report of several paragraphs, using a variety of strategies


1.6 determine whether the ideas and information they have gathered are relevant, appropriate, and sufficiently specific for the purpose, and do more planning and research if necessary

Grade 8 Specific expectations
1.1 identify the topic, purpose, and audience for more complex writing forms


1.2 generate ideas about more challenging topics and identify those most appropriate to the purpose


1.3 gather information to support ideas for writing, using a variety of strategies and a wide range of print and electronic sources


1.4 sort and classify ideas and information for their writing in a variety of ways that allow them to manipulate information and see different combinations and relationships in their data


1.5 identify and order main ideas and supporting details and group them into units that could be used to develop a summary, a debate, or a report of several paragraphs, using a variety of strategies


1.6 determine whether the ideas and information they have gathered are relevant, appropriate, and sufficiently specific for the purpose, and do more planning and research if necessary

OVERALL EXPECTATION

3.  use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively

Grade 7 Specific expectations
3.1 spell familiar words correctly

3.2 spell unfamiliar words using a variety of strategies that involve understanding sound-symbol relationships, word structures, word meanings, and generalizations  about spelling

3.3 confirm spellings and word meanings or word choice using a variety of resources appropriate for the purpose

3.4 use punctuation appropriately to communicate their intended meaning in more complex writing forms, including forms specific to different subject areas, with a focus on the use of: periods after initials, in abbreviations, and in decimal numbers; parentheses; punctuation to indicate intonation, pauses, or gestures

3.5 use parts of speech correctly to communicate their meaning clearly, with a focus on the use of: relative pronouns; prepositions, including prepositional phrases; adjectives; conjunctions; adverbs; present, past, and future verb tenses; present and past participles

3.6 proofread and correct their writing using guidelines developed with peers and the teacher

3.7 use a wide range of appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout

3.8 produce pieces of published work to meet identified criteria based on the expectations
Grade 8 Specific expectations
3.1 spell familiar words correctly

3.2 spell unfamiliar words using a variety of strategies that involve understanding sound-symbol relationships, word structures, word meanings, and generalizations  about spelling

 3.3 confirm spellings and word meanings or word choice using a variety of resources appropriate for the purpose

3.4 use punctuation appropriately to communicate their intended meaning in more complex writing forms, including forms specific to different subject areas, with a focus on the use of:  commas to separate introductory phrases from the main part of a sentence and to separate words, phrases, and clauses in a series; quotation marks to distinguish words being discussed as words and to indicate titles; ellipses (…) and dashes to indicate sentence breaks, ambiguities, or parenthetical statements

3.5 use parts of speech correctly to communicate their meaning clearly, with a focus on subject/verb agreement and the use of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions

3.6 proofread and correct their writing using guidelines developed with peers and the teacher

3.7 use a wide range of appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout

3.8 produce pieces of published work to meet identified criteria based on the expectations

Grade 7

Time Travel to the Past, Present, and Future

Teacher Jessica shares how verb tenses can indicate whether you are writing in the past, present, or future.  Identify how verb tenses work and use them in sentences to create powerful paragraphs.
This video activity highlights expectations 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5 and 3.6. For additional learning activities for grade 7 writing, please explore the TVO Learn activities listed below.

Grade 7 Writing Learning Activities

Grade 8

Comparative Report Writing

Join Teacher Jessica who describes the elements and features of report writing.  Use reliable resources and record information in a KWHLAQ chart to help organize ideas while writing a comparative report.

This video activity highlights expectations 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6. For additional learning activities for grade 8 writing, please explore the TVO Learn activities below.

Grade 8 Writing Learning Activities