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The students will increase their use of the writing process to improve their writing.

1.    Student will be able to (SWBAT) brainstorm using the Inspiration software.
2.    SWBAT organize their brainstorm by identifying items that belong in a specific category.
3.    SWBAT write the main idea and list a minimum of three supporting details.
4.    SWBAT write a response to different content topics (i.e.  social studies, science, biographies, etc.)
5.    SWBAT write in a journal that reflects upon their own writing skills.
6.    SWBAT write an organized draft and continue to refine that draft to a final product.

Social Studies (7th grade)

7.7    Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the meso-american and andean             civilizations.

        2.    Study the roles of people in each society including class structures, family life, warfare, religious beliefs and practices and slavery.

7.2    Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.

        4.    Discuss the expansion of Muslim rule through military conquests and treaties, emphasizing the cultural blending within Muslim                        civilization and the spread and acceptance of Islam and the Arabic language.

Science    (6th grade)

7.    Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations.  As a basis for understanding this                concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.

    b.    Select and use appropriate tools and technology (including calculators, computers, balances, spring scales, microscopes, and                            binoculars.)

    h.   Identify changes in natural phenomena over time without manipulating the phenomena (e.g. a tree limb, a grove of trees, a stream)

Reading    (6th grade)

3.0    Students will read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature that reflect and enhance their studies of history          and social science.

        2.    Analyze the effect of the qualities of the character.

        3.    Analyze the influence of setting on the problem and its resolution.

Writing    (6th grade)

1.0    Students write clear coherent and focused essays.  the writing exhibits students awareness of the audience and purpose.  Essays contain          formal introduction, supporting evidence and conclusions.  Students progress through stages of the writing process as needed.

        2.    Create multiple paragraph expository compositions.

                a.    The student will engage the interest of the reader and state a clear purpose.

                b.    Develop the topic with supporting details and precise verbs, nouns, adjectives to paint a visual image in the mind of the reader.

                c.    Conclude with a detailed summary linked to the purpose of the composition.

Listening and Speaking    (6th grade)

1.0    Students deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience.