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Standard 8: Independent Reading and Writing

Students will read and write for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, academic and personal.

WRITING: Students will write independently for extended periods of time. Students will vary their modes of expression to suit audience and task.
9.8.W  Students will write independently over extended periods of time (e.g., time for research, reflection, and revision) and for shorter timeframes (e.g., a single sitting or a day or two), vary their modes of expression to suit audience and task, and draw appropriate conclusions.

Student Actions 

Teacher Actions 

  • Students will determine a purpose and audience for a writing task
  • Students will determine the text structure needed to communicate to a specific audience and purpose.
  • Students will develop a topic to reflect the writing task, audience, and purpose.
  • Students will use the writing process independently to complete a writing task over an extended period of time.
  • Students will reflect on and evaluate writing.
  • Students will complete a writing task. 
  • Teachers models:
    • selecting the purpose and audience for a writing task
    • selecting a text structure (description, problem/solution, cause/effect, compare/contrast, sequence)
    • using the writing process
  • Teachers provide opportunities for students to write independently over various lengths of time.
  • Teachers provide feedback and allow students to reflect on their own writing in order to revise and edit.

Supporting Resources 

Teacher Insights 

Purpose (OSDE definition of Purpose)

Audience (OSDE Definition of Audience)
  • Modes of expression may include narrative, informative, and/or argumentative.

  • Students will determine their own audiences and/or tasks (e.g., product reviews, diary entries, reflective writing, poetry, etc.)

  • Having brief conferences with students regularly will help teachers know more about which writing processes students are using and allow for opportunities for feedback.

  • Simply assigning students to write independently at home is not sufficient. Teachers should have opportunities to observe students’ writing.

Due to recursive nature of the standards, it is essential that teachers are aware of how all objectives within and between strands work together for optimal instruction.

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