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Read Write Now: "Getting Your Essay Started"

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Episode 5: Writing an essay takes time, patience, and the courage to step out of your comfort zone! Learn how to turn your writing skills into a tool to not only communicate with others, but to also potentially make change in the world in which you live. This episode focuses on the basics of gathering your thoughts, organizing your thinking, and creating an introduction that will make your readers want more! Developed for grades 6-8 and correlated to Virginia Standards of Learning.

Produced and directed by Tracey Ingle in partnership with VPM.

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2017 Virginia Standards of Learning

6.7 The student will write in a variety of forms, to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective, with an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing.
a) Engage in writing as a recursive process.
b) Choose audience and purpose. 
c) Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
d) Organize writing to fit mode or topic.
f) Establish a central idea, incorporating evidence and maintaining an organized structure.
g) Compose a thesis statement for expository and persuasive writing.
h) Write multi-paragraph compositions with elaboration and unity.
i) Use transition words and phrases.
j) Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.
l) Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.   

7.7 The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective, with an emphasis on expository and persuasive writing.
a) Engage in writing as a recursive process.
b) Choose intended audience and purpose.
c) Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
d) Organize writing structure to fit form or topic.
f) Compose a thesis statement for persuasive writing that includes a position.
i) Write multi-paragraph compositions with elaboration and unity.
j) Use transition words and phrases within and between paragraphs.
k) Develop and modify the central idea, tone, and voice to fit the audience and purpose.
n) Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

8.7 The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective, with an emphasis on expository and persuasive writing.
a) Engage in writing as a recursive process.
b) Choose intended audience and purpose.
c) Use prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
d) Organize writing structure to fit form or topic.
e) Establish a central idea incorporating evidence, maintaining an organized structure and formal style.
f) Compose a thesis statement for persuasive writing that advocates a position.
j) Organize information to provide elaboration and unity.
k) Develop and modify the central idea, tone, and voice to fit the audience and purpose.
l) Revise writing for clarity of content, word choice, sentence variety, and transitions among paragraphs.