by Scott Neuffer

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December 18, 2012
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Tougher writing standards

By the seventh grade, students in Douglas County schools will be expected to develop a topic for an informative essay with "relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples."

They will be expected to "organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect," while also demonstrating "command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage, capitalization, punctuation and spelling."

The above guidelines are only three of nine checkpoints on a new rubric for seventh-grade informative writing. On Tuesday, school board members approved new writing rubrics for all secondary grade levels that …

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