Writing Anchor Standard 7 Level A/B

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Leveled Standard A
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g. explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).

Leveled Standard B
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

GED® Assessment Targets (RLA)
R.2.1 Comprehend explicit details and main ideas in text.
R.2.2 Summarize details and ideas in text.
R.2.7 Make evidence based generalizations or hypotheses based on details in text, including clarifications, extensions, or applications of main ideas to new situations.
R.3.3 Analyze relationships within texts, including how events are important in relation to plot or conflict; how people, ideas, or events are connected, developed, or distinguished; how events contribute to theme or relate to key ideas; or how a setting or context shapes structure and meaning.
W.3 Write clearly and demonstrate sufficient command of standard English conventions.

ELA Activities for Level A / B
“How To” Speeches
Teacher models a simple “how to” speech. Then, students prepare and deliver their own speeches. Read More “How To” Speeches
Understanding the Dyslexic Mind
In Part 1, students listen to a radio interview with a dyslexic journalist and answer questions about the details. In Part 2, students listen and read along to a radio piece about successful dyslexics. Students answer questions found in the reading. In Part 3, students analyze a graph showing the divergence of IQ and reading ability in dyslexics. Read More Understanding the Dyslexic Mind
Conversational Fishbowl
Students choose a question (from a list such as opens in a new window this one ) to discuss in order to become more comfortable talking in a discussion format. Instructional focus should be on learners speaking one at a time and listening to respond or add to the topic. Read More Conversational Fishbowl
Categorizing Activity
Teacher models identifying key words in a nonfiction reading and sorting them into categories; students read another short passage and apply their categorization skills. Read More Categorizing Activity
Guest Speaker
Invite an informative guest speaker to class (or ask a student to speak to classmates about an area of expertise). Before the visit, have students plan the questions they will ask; during the visit, encourage students to ask follow-up questions. Read More Guest Speaker
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