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STAAR Grade 7 Writing Assessment

Reporting Category 1:

Composition

The student will demonstrate an ability to compose a variety of written texts with a clear, controlling idea; coherent organization; sufficient development; and effective use of language and conventions.
(14)Writing/Writing Process.

Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. Students are expected to

  • B.develop drafts by choosing an appropriate organizational strategy (e.g., sequence of events, cause-effect, comparecontrast) and building on ideas to create a focused, organized, and coherent piece of writing; Readiness Standard
  • C.revise drafts to ensure precise word choice and vivid images; consistent point of view; use of simple, compound, and complex sentences; internal and external coherence; and the use of effective transitions after rethinking how well questions of purpose, audience, and genre have been addressed; Readiness Standard
  • D.edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Readiness Standard
(16)Writing.

Students write about their own experiences. Students are expected to

  • A.write a personal narrative that has a clearly defined focus and communicates the importance of or reasons for actions and/or consequences. Readiness Standard
(17)Writing/Expository [and Procedural] Texts.

Students write expository [and procedural or work-related] texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes. Students are expected to

  • A.write a multi-paragraph essay to convey information about a topic Readiness Standard that
    • presents effective introductions and concluding paragraphs;
    • contains a clearly stated purpose or controlling idea;
    • is logically organized with appropriate facts and details and includes no extraneous information or inconsistencies;
    • accurately synthesizes ideas from several sources; and
    • uses a variety of sentence structures, rhetorical devices, and transitions to link paragraphs.

    Genres Represented in the Revision and Editing Sections of the Test:

    • Literary

    • Fiction
    • Literary Nonfiction
    • Informational

    • Expository
    • Persuasive

Reporting Category 2:

Revision

The student will demonstrate an ability to revise a variety of written texts.
(14)Writing/Writing Process.

Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. Students are expected to

  • C.revise drafts to ensure precise word choice and vivid images; consistent point of view; use of simple, compound, and complex sentences; internal and external coherence; and the use of effective transitions after rethinking how well questions of purpose, audience, and genre have been addressed. Readiness Standard
(17)Writing/Expository [and Procedural] Texts.

Students write expository [and procedural or work-related] texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes. Students are expected to

  • A.write a multi-paragraph essay to convey information about a topic that
    • presents effective introductions and concluding paragraphs; Supporting Standard
    • contains a clearly stated purpose or controlling idea; Supporting Standard
    • is logically organized with appropriate facts and details and includes no extraneous information or inconsistencies; Supporting Standard
    • accurately synthesizes ideas from several sources; Supporting Standard
    • uses a variety of sentence structures, rhetorical devices, and transitions to link paragraphs.Supporting Standard
(14)Writing/Persuasive Texts.

Students write persuasive texts to influence the attitudes or actions of a specific audience on specific issues. Students are expected to write a persuasive essay to the appropriate audience that

  • A.establishes a clear thesis or position;Supporting Standard
  • C.includes evidence that is logically organized to support the author's viewpoint and that differentiates between fact and opinion.Supporting Standard

Reporting Category 3:

Editing

The student will demonstrate an ability to edit a variety of texts.
(14)Writing/Writing Process.

Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. Students are expected to

  • D.edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling.Readiness Standard
(19)[Oral and] Written Conventions/Conventions.

Students understand the function of and use the conventions of academic language when speaking and writing. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to

  • A.identify, use, and understand the function of the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking:Readiness Standard
    • verbs (perfect and progressive tenses) and participles; Supporting Standard
    • appositive phrases;Supporting Standard
    • adverbial and adjectival phrases and clauses; Supporting Standard
    • conjunctive adverbs (e.g., consequently, furthermore, indeed);Supporting Standard
    • prepositions and prepositional phrases and their influence on subject-verb agreement;Supporting Standard
    • relative pronouns (e.g., whose, that, which);Supporting Standard
    • subordinating conjunctions (e.g., because, since);Supporting Standard
    • transitions for sentence to sentence or paragraph to paragraph coherence; Supporting Standard
  • B.write complex sentences and differentiate between main versus subordinate clauses;Supporting Standard
  • C.use a variety of complete sentences (e.g., simple, compound, complex) that include properly placed modifiers, correctly identified antecedents, parallel structures, and consistent tenses.Readiness Standard
(20)[Oral and] Written Conventions/Handwriting, Capitalization, and Punctuation.

Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions. Students are expected to

  • A.use conventions of capitalization;Readiness Standard
  • B.recognize and use punctuation marksReadiness Standardincluding
    • commas after introductory words, phrases, and clauses; Supporting Standard
    • semicolons, colons, and hyphens.Supporting Standard
(21)[Oral and] Written Conventions/Spelling.

Students spell correctly. Students are expected to spell correctly, including using various resources to determine and check correct spellings. Students are expected to

  • A.spell correctly, including using various resources to determine and check correct spellings.Readiness Standard