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W-E1. Use correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and usage,

along with varied sentence structure and paragraph organization, to complete

effectively a variety of writing tasks


(Grades 6-8)

PO 1. Spell correctly

PO 2. Punctuate correctly (e.g., sentence endings, commas in a series, commas in

compound sentences, abbreviations, quotation marks, colon in a business letter

greeting, apostrophes)

PO 3. Apply rules of capitalization (e.g., sentence beginnings, titles, abbreviations,

proper nouns, direct quotations)

PO 4. Apply standard grammar and usage (e.g., subject-verb agreement; simple,

compound and complex sentences; appropriate verb tense; plurals; prepositions)

PO 5. Organize paragraphs with a variety of sentence structures (e.g., simple,

compound, complex)


W-E5. Write a report that conveys a point of view and develops a topic with

appropriate facts, details, examples and descriptions from a variety of cited sources


(Grades 6-8)

PO 1. Write a report in own words (except for material quoted) that states, develops and

provides a concluding statement for a point of view (perspective) about a topic

that is narrow enough to be adequately covered

PO 2. Organize a report with a clear beginning, middle and end including use of smooth


PO 3. Provide support through facts, details, examples or descriptions that are appropriate,

directly related to the topic, and from a variety of cited sources

PO 4. Use personal interpretation, analysis, evaluation or reflection to evidence understanding

of subject



W-E8. Demonstrate research skills using reference materials such as a dictionary,

encyclopedia and thesaurus to complete effectively a variety of writing tasks


(Grades 6-8)

PO 1. Implement a research strategy that includes

- selecting best source for specific research purpose

- taking notes that summarize and paraphrase information relevant to the topic

- incorporating notes into a finished product






FOCUS: World History (Ancient Civilizations through the Age of Exploration)


1SS-E9. Describe the geographic, political, economic, and social characteristics of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and China and their contributions to later civilizations, with emphasis on:


PO 3. the religious traditions and how they shaped culture


3T-E1. Use formatting capabilities of technology tools for communicating and



PO 1. Use word processing editing tools to revise a document (e.g., cut and paste, tabs and

margins, font size, font style, delete and undo, selecting, spell check, click and drag)

PO 2. Design a word processing document with graphical elements (e.g., clip art, digital

photographs, symbols, using text wrap, cropping, sizing, drawing tools)




4T-E1. Use telecommunications efficiently and effectively to access remote information and communicate with others in support of facilitated and independent learning


PO 1. Communicate independently via e-mail, Internet, and/or videoconference with people

in a remote location (For Internet safety see Technology 2T-E1)





5T-E1. Locate information from electronic resources


PO 1. Identify electronic research resources

PO 2. Define subject searching and devise a search strategy to locate information using

available electronic research resources (i.e., electronic card catalog, online or

CD-ROM reference sources, grade level appropriate Internet resources)

PO 5. Identify the author, copyright date and publisher of information located in electronic

resources, including Internet resources


5T-E2. Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness and bias of electronic information sources


PO 1. Create citations for electronic research sources following a prescribed format

PO 2. Gather research from a variety of electronic sources and identify the most appropriate information for answering the research question

PO 3. Obtain permission, when appropriate, to use the work of others

PO 4. Identify the components of a URL to determine the source of the information

PO 5. Identify the author of the information found from electronic resources and determine whether the author is an authority, displays bias and is a primary or secondary source



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