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Writing requirements in the Nevada Academic Content Standards

To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. They develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.

Ideas to improve or accelerate your Writing skills

Informative Writing

"Informative/explanatory writing conveys information accurately. This kind of writing serves one or more closely related purposes: to increase readers' knowledge of a subject, to help readers better understand a procedure or process, or to provide readers with an enhanced comprehension of a concept." (Common Core State Standards, Appendix A, page 23)
It can inform or explain in the following ways (chosen by the writer):
  • Description
  • Sequence
  • Cause/Effect
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Problem/Solution

(Topic, Audience, and Purpose)
  • Develop a topic (What?)
  • Identify audience (For Whom? What might they already know about my topic?                                  
  •  What do they need to know? What about my topic might interest them?)
  • Set a purpose for writing (Why? )