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Writing Standard 1

Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • Argumentative Writing Standards Rubric
    This rubric will help assess first draft argumentative writing projects for 7th Grade English Language Arts.
  • Grade 7 Performance Assessment Sample
    This sample performance assessment for Grade 7 English Language Arts incorporates four passages: 1) Pablo Neruda. EXCERPT FROM The Book of Questions 2) Louisa May Alcott. EXCERPT FROM Little Women 3) Walt Whitman. O Captain! My Captain! and 4) Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. EXCERPT FROM The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Persuasive Writing Resources
    A collection of online resources to help students write effective persuasive essays and argumentative reports.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) has grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and conventions resources as well as professional writing material and general composition information. The site includes everything from comma splices to resumes in clearly explained pages. It is the premiere source for online writing information.
  • Research Quest: What Happened at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosuar Quarry?
    Developed by the Natural History Museum of Utah, this program engages middle school students in standards aligned online investigations that use real museum objects and scientific research to support deeper learning.
  • Seventh Grade On-Demand Argument Writing Samples
    Sample argument pieces written by seventh graders in response to a uniform text-based prompt.
  • Seventh Grade Range of Writing Argument Writing Samples
    These pieces provide examples of argument writing for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences, over both extended and shorter time frames.
  • Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12
    Supporting Claims with Relevant Evidence and Clear Reasoning - This book teaches us not only what an argument is, but how to teach it and why we should.
  • The Five Paragraph Essay
    Step by step instructions for completing a five-paragraph essay.
  • University of Richmond's Writers' Web
    Writer's Web is a free, public-access handbook designed and maintained by University of Richmond students and faculty. The site enables the user to explore topics via the various stages of the writing process. The site includes information on writing in non-English subject areas.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Naomi  Watkins and see the Language Arts - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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