1. a) Develop writing skills related to argumentative and narrative modes of writing
    b) Plan and structure writing based on the mode (descriptive, narrative, expository,
    c) Draft initial writing
    2. Analyze a writing task by identifying key vocabulary and audience
    3. Gather and analyze feedback from peers and instructors
    4. a) Edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling
    b) Analyze the organizational structure of writing
    5. Publish writing to a small group audience within the classroom, such as a formal
    written paper
    6. a) Take notes with an emphasis on identifying and recording the note-taking objective
    and/or Essential Question
    b) Take notes with an emphasis on setting up notes, including all required
    7. Summarize by pulling together the most important information related to the
    objective and/or Essential Question


    1. Create questions based on Costa’s Levels of Thinking
    2. Identify misunderstood concepts or problems
    3. Determine the steps/process that led to a solution
    4. Reflect on learning to make connections between new learning and previous learning
    5. Reflect on learning strategies that were employed and whether those strategies were
    6. a) Identify processes that are used
    b) Reflect on a process that was used and whether that process was effective
    7. Analyze a research prompt
    8. a) Locate sources that are relevant to the topic and support the purpose of the
    research assignment
    b) Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
    9. Plan and structure the writing based on the research prompt
    10.Integrate quotations and references to texts, using proper citations
    11.Publish research to a small group audience within the classroom, such as a formal
    written paper


    1. Establish norms and expectations around shared responsibility among
    group members
    2. Establish norms and expectations around appreciating diversity among
    group members
    3. Develop a foundational familiarity and comfort with classmates
    4. Identify respectful and disrespectful actions of self and others
    5. Check group members’ level of understanding
    6. Utilize technology to collaborate with classmates
    7. a) Apply basic understanding of effective public speaking
    b) Incorporate visual aids and/or technology when appropriate
    8. Describe the characteristics of effective listening, such as eye contact and mirroring
    9. Monitor word choice when speaking
    10. Identify formal and informal language registers


    1. a) Begin implementing organizational tools (e.g., binders/eBinders, portfolios,
    or digital folders) that support academic success
    b) Create an activity log or tracking system for community extracurricular
    activities and hours
    2. a) Explore a variety of organizational formats for calendaring/planning
    b) Determine how to use time effectively
    c) Assess complex assignments and break them into smaller tasks
    3. Set personal, academic, and career goals
    4. Monitor progress toward goals
    5. Utilize visual frameworks to organize information


    1. Determine the characteristics of a high-quality text in relation to the reading purpose
    2. a) Preview text features
    b) Identify prior knowledge that may be relevant to the reading
    3. Assess knowledge of academic and content-specific vocabulary words
    4. a) Mark the text to accomplish the reading purpose
    b) Identify the key components of a text related to the reading purpose
    5. Extend beyond the text by applying key learning