CCSS Writing Update

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Slides from a webinar for the WHOAAA Writing Grant led by Troy Hicks and focusing on information about the Common Core State Standards for Writing.

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CCSS Writing Update

  1. 1. +CommonCoreStandards What I Know About Where We Are At March 2012 Troy Hicks
  2. 2. + The “Big Three” Text Types  Argumentative  NYTimes “Room for Debate” and Learning Network Blog  ProCon.org  Intelligence Squared Debates  Informational  Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week Site  10 Ways to Develop Expository Writing with the NYTimes  TED Talks  Narrative  Narrative Writing Lessons, 6-12, from Writingfix.com
  3. 3. + Formative and Summative Assessment  Mentor/Model Texts  On the CCSS website, check out ELA Appendix C for samples of student writing in each genre, at each grade level  FAQ on SMARTER Balanced Assessments  Summative: Computer adapted; multiple choice, constructed response, and performance tasks  Interim (periodic) and formative assessments, too
  4. 4. + Units of Study/Lessons  Muskegon Area ISD Writing Units  Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) M  Calkins et al: Pathways to the Common Core  Writing Fix  Read Write Think
  5. 5. + Key Contacts and Resources  Ruth Isaia, Office of Education Improvement and Education (OEII) ELA Consultant isaiar@michigan.gov 517-373-2590  Email her and ask to sign-up for her ELA Listserv  Sue Gendron’s CCSS PPT  CCSS “Crosswalk” Documents from MDE  SMARTER Balance Consortium  Latest ELA Item Specs (with Sample Questions)  ELA Specs Webinar  School Year Implementation Timeline
  6. 6. + Your Remaining Questions  How will the personal narrative writing be assessed?  Writers workshop ideas for common core  Whats the difference between 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th writing goals?  Is syntax nuts & bolts -- grammar, sentence structure etc -- a part of this?  What will the English assessment look like?  What changes in writing considering CCSS emphasis on informational text literacy?

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