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Writing Anchor Standard # 7

On behalf of the CCESA, this week’s NEAZRC Anchor Standard Challenge focuses on Writing Anchor Standard # 7- Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

In other words…. The “Research to Understand” Standard.  Anchor standard #7 is about research. It is synthesizing multiple sources on a subject and demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. These research projects can be short or more sustained.

Below is a brief snapshot of what Writing Standard # 7 means at the different grade levels.

Kindergarten:  Begin research and gathering information by participating in shared writing projects.

1st Grade:        Continue research and gathering information by participating in shared writing projects.
(e. g. explore “how-to” books-use for writing a sequence of instructions).

2nd Grade:       Continue research and gathering information by participating in shared writing projects.
(e. g. read a number of books on single topic to produce a report; record science observations).

3rd Grade:       Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

4th Grade:       Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

5th Grade:       Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

6th Grade:       Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

7th Grade:       Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for
further research and investigation.

8th Grade:      Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating
additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

9th-10th Grades:  Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem;
narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

11th-12th Grades:  Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a
problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Over the last several months, the CCESA Office of Innovation and Development has highlighted Anchor Standard # 1, #2, #3, #4, #5. #6 and #10.   If you would like to review these 1 page newsletters and the 10 Reading Anchor Standards please visit our website.

What can you do? After examining the K-12 Anchor Standard of the week…  Investigate what that standard means at your students’ grade level/content area.  Why is it important that your grade level/content area teach the standard?  What does the standard look like at the grade level below and above? What does this standard mean for my instructional and assessment practices?

All The Best,
The I & D Team