Common Core Writing Standards 5


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Text Types and Purposes
  1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
  • b. Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
  • c. Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
  • d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
  1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • a. Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
  • b. Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
  • c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons.
  • d. Establish and maintain a formal style.
  • e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument presented.
  1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
  • b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
  • c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
  • d. Establish and maintain a formal style.
  • e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
  1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
  • b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
  • c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  • d. Establish and maintain a formal style.
  • e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
  1. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • a. Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
  • c. Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
  • d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  • e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
  1. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • a. Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/e!ect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
  • c. Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
  • d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  • e. Establish and maintain a formal style.
  • f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented.
  1. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/ e!ect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
  • c. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
  • d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  • e. Establish and maintain a formal style.
  • f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
  1. 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • b. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
  • c. Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
  • d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  • e. Establish and maintain a formal style.
  • f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports
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