Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
Writing is a way of sharing language in a visual or tactile form. Throughout the world writing systems have been developed independently using a variety of symbols to represent speech, punctuation, and numbers. All of the writing systems utilize visible representations except the Braille system used for the visually impaired. Writing is one of the most commanding communication tools.Conceptual StrandThe ability to write clearly and coherently to a specific topic is vital to effective communication. Authors write for a variety of purposes and to a variety of audiences.Guiding QuestionIn what ways does good writing contribute to effective communication in a variety of purposes and to a variety of audiences?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Write in a variety of modes for different audiences and purposes.
Employ various prewriting strategies.
Organize ideas into a topic paragraph with complete coherent sentences.
Revise first drafts for clearer meaning, correct capitalization, and punctuation.
Evaluate own and other peoples written work.
Determine how, when, and whether to incorporate graphics into written work.
Check For Understanding
Write to describe, entertain, and inform.
Write in response to literature (e.g., create a new ending to a story, create class books, summarize a story), compose a variety of written works (e.g., friendly
Brainstorm ideas with teachers and peers, use graphic organizers (e.g., webs, charts, Venn diagrams) independently and/or in group, and use a variety of
Use classroom resources to support the writing process.
Compose first drafts using the appropriate parts of the writing process with an emphasis on planning, organizing, and self correcting.
Use temporary/creative spelling to spell independently while transitioning to standard spelling in first drafts.
Arrange events in a logical and sequential order when writing.
Continue to add descriptive words and details to writing.
Create legible documents for reading by forming legible letters and utilizing correct spacing.
Evaluate own and other peoples written work through small group discussion and shared work.
Incorporate suggestions from teachers and peers.
Use a simple rubric to evaluate writing.
Incorporate photographs or illustrations in written work.