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Skills available for Virginia seventh-grade language arts standards

IXL's seventh-grade skills will be aligned to the Virginia Curriculum Framework soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of seventh-grade standards below.

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  • W.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.

    • W.7.7.a Engage in writing as a recursive process.

    • W.7.7.b Choose intended audience and purpose.

    • W.7.7.c Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.

    • W.7.7.d Organize writing structure to fit form or topic.

    • W.7.7.e Establish a central idea incorporating evidence, while maintaining an organized structure and a formal style.

    • W.7.7.f Compose a thesis statement for persuasive writing that includes a position.

    • W.7.7.g Clearly state a position and organize reasons and evidence, using credible sources.

    • W.7.7.h Distinguish between fact and opinion to support a position.

    • W.7.7.i Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.

    • W.7.7.j Use transition words and phrases within and between paragraphs.

    • W.7.7.k Develop and modify the central idea, tone, and voice to fit the audience and purpose.

    • W.7.7.l Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.

    • W.7.7.m Use clauses and phrases for sentence variety.

    • W.7.7.n Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

    • W.7.7.EU.1 understand that writing requires a recursive process that includes planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing

    • W.7.7.EU.2 understand that voice in writing is purposefully crafted with attention to deliberate word choice, precise information, and vocabulary

    • W.7.7.EU.3 understand that vocabulary and tone must be selected with awareness of audience and purpose

    • W.7.7.EU.4 understand that effective writing includes elaboration

    • W.7.7.EU.5 understand that a thesis statement is not an announcement of the subject (statement of intent) but rather a unified and specific statement

    • W.7.7.EU.6 understand that effective writing has been improved through revision.

    • W.7.7.EKSP.1 compose with attention to central idea, unity, elaboration, and organization

    • W.7.7.EKSP.2 elaborate to give detail, add depth, and continue the development of an idea

    • W.7.7.EKSP.3 analyze and use mentor texts as models for writing

    • W.7.7.EKSP.4 identify intended audience and purpose

    • W.7.7.EKSP.5 use a variety of prewriting strategies

    • W.7.7.EKSP.6 explain, analyze, or summarize a topic

    • W.7.7.EKSP.7 write an effective thesis statement that focuses on the topic and explains the writer's position in an argument

    • W.7.7.EKSP.8 differentiate between a thesis statement and a topic sentence

    • W.7.7.EKSP.9 choose an appropriate strategy for organizing ideas, such as comparison/contrast, cause and effect, etc., and provide transitions between ideas

    • W.7.7.EKSP.10 write reflectively to explain and analyze a text, a presentation, an experience, a skill, or an event

    • W.7.7.EKSP.11 recognize that three examples of reflective writing include

      • W.7.7.EKSP.11.a technical—which includes what worked or did not work and reasons why, problem-solving techniques, and theories that were used or tested

      • W.7.7.EKSP.11.b collaborative—which is centered on team dynamics, how everyone worked together and why, and what worked or did not work and why.

      • W.7.7.EKSP.11.c individual—focuses on questions such as, "What did I learn?" "How did I learn it?" and "What could I have done better?"

    • W.7.7.EKSP.12 write persuasively, organizing reasons logically and effectively

    • W.7.7.EKSP.13 create multiparagraph compositions focusing on a central idea and using elaborating details, reasons, or examples as appropriate for audience and purpose

    • W.7.7.EKSP.14 include an appropriate introduction and conclusion

    • W.7.7.EKSP.15 sustain a formal style when appropriate

    • W.7.7.EKSP.16 use written expression to draft and revise compositions with attention to

      • W.7.7.EKSP.16.a voice

      • W.7.7.EKSP.16.b tone

      • W.7.7.EKSP.16.c selection of information

      • W.7.7.EKSP.16.d embedded phrases and clauses that clarify meaning

      • W.7.7.EKSP.16.e vivid and precise vocabulary

      • W.7.7.EKSP.16.f figurative language

      • W.7.7.EKSP.16.g sentence variety

    • W.7.7.EKSP.17 recognize terms illustrative of tone in mentor texts and student writing

    • W.7.7.EKSP.18 apply revising procedures in peer and self-review, including

      • W.7.7.EKSP.18.a rereading

      • W.7.7.EKSP.18.b reflecting

      • W.7.7.EKSP.18.c rethinking

      • W.7.7.EKSP.18.d rewriting to clarify, elaborate, and make writing more precise

    • W.7.7.EKSP.19 revise drafts for improvement using teacher assistance, peer collaboration, and growing independence

    • W.7.7.EKSP.20 vary sentence structure by using coordinating conjunctions

    • W.7.7.EKSP.21 use subordinating conjunctions to form complex sentences

    • W.7.7.EKSP.22 incorporate variety into sentences using simple, compound, and compound-complex sentences, including, but not limited to, coordination, subordination, and modifier.

  • W.7.8 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

    • W.7.8.a Choose appropriate adjectives and adverbs to enhance writing.

    • W.7.8.b Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns.

    • W.7.8.c Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses.

    • W.7.8.d Edit for verb tense consistency and point of view.

    • W.7.8.e Use quotation marks with dialogue and direct quotations.

    • W.7.8.f Use correct spelling for commonly used words.

    • W.7.8.EU.1 understand that correct use of language enhances writing and avoids confusing or distracting the reader

    • W.7.8.EU.2 understand that pronouns must agree with antecedents

    • W.7.8.EU.3 understand that verbs must agree with subjects.

    • W.7.8.EKSP.1 use a singular pronoun to refer to a singular antecedent and a plural pronoun to refer to a plural antecedent

    • W.7.8.EKSP.2 use punctuation to set off nonrestrictive clauses

    • W.7.8.EKSP.3 maintain consistent verb tense throughout an entire piece of writing

    • W.7.8.EKSP.4 maintain consistent verb tense throughout an entire piece of writing

    • W.7.8.EKSP.5 use quotation marks to represent the exact language (either spoken or written) of another.