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Pre-Writing: Planning and Organizing

8th Grade

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): 8.8.D

analyze characteristics and structural elements of informational text, including:
  1. the controlling idea or thesis with supporting evidence;
  2. features such as footnotes, endnotes, and citations; and
  3. multiple organizational patterns within a text to develop the thesis;

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): 8.10.A*

plan a first draft by selecting a genre appropriate for a particular topic, purpose, and audience using a range of strategies such as discussion, background reading, and personal interests;

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): 8.10.B

develop drafts into a focused, structured, and coherent piece of writing by:
  1. organizing with purposeful structure, including an introduction, transitions, coherence within and across paragraphs, and a conclusion; and
  2. developing an engaging idea reflecting depth of thought with specific facts, details, and examples;

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): 8.12.A*

generate student-selected and teacher-guided questions for formal and informal inquiry;

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): 8.12.B*

develop and revise a plan;

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): 8.12.C*

refine the major research question, if necessary, guided by the answers to a secondary set of questions;

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): 8.12.J*

use an appropriate mode of delivery, whether written, oral, or multimodal, to present results.

Florida - Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking: ELA.8.C.1.5

Improve writing by planning, editing, considering feedback from adults and peers, and revising for clarity and cohesiveness

8th Grade Writing - Pre-Writing: Planning and Organizing Lesson

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