Writing Information

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Writing Goals from the Common Core:
Students in grade five write with an awareness of their audience and purpose. Their writing demonstrates a command of the conventions of the English language, an understanding of the structures and organization of text, and experience with the stages of the writing process (e.g., prewriting, drafting, revising, editing). They use resources to gather information to support their main idea and use technology to create documents. Students learn to use transitional words or phrases to link paragraphs and ideas, making clear their line of thought.  The CCSS call for students in fifth grade to write multiparagraph texts with a central idea or theme, relevant supporting details, and a conclusion.  Students write responses to literature,  opinion pieces ,  informative/explanatory text (research reports), and narratives .
The CCSS standards contain detailed and challenging criteria for students’ writing. Under the CCSS, students write routinely in both extended and short time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. They learn to organize their opinion pieces so that ideas are logically grouped to support their opinion; link opinions to reasons with words (e.g., consequently, specifically), phrases, and clauses; and provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion stated. The CCSS call for students to include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia in their informative/explanatory texts to aid comprehension and to use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform the reader about the topic. In their narrative writing, students learn how to orient the reader by establishing the situation and introducing a narrator or characters. They also learn how to organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. Additionally, they use dialogue, description, and pacing to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.  Technology, including the Internet, plays a large role in the CCSS with students using it to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. In grade five, students demonstrate a sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type at least two pages in a single sitting. Students also learn to how to obtain information from digital and print sources, summarize or paraphrase information in notes and their finished texts, and provide a list of their sources.