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Lesson plan

Use gerund phrases to increase clarity

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.7.1.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/7/1/a
teaches Common Core State Standards L.7.1.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1/a

Use gerund phrases to increase clarity

In this lesson, students practice revising a draft about a strange friend with a focus on replacing vague words such as "it," "this," and "that" with gerund phrases. A video models the thought process writers use to apply the targeted skill and improve their draft. The video prompts students to pause periodically and interact with the items on the Student Practice Sheet.