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What is Your Student’s Writing Telling You?

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What is Your Student’s Writing Telling You?
Join DPI ELA consultants in an interactive session that explores what exemplary 6-8 student writing aligned to the CCSS looks like in ELA classrooms. Participants will look at student writing samples across the three types of writing: argument/opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing and identify techniques aligned to the Standards.
Presenter: Anna Frost - NC Department of Public Instruction - Raleigh, NC

Published in: Education
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What is Your Student’s Writing Telling You?

  1. 1. In Common: Effective Writing for All Students A Common Core Implementation Resource for Writing instruction
  2. 2. Finding In Common www.achievethecore.org http://tinyurl.com/og553l2
  3. 3. Discuss! O How has writing instruction changed in your classroom, school, or district as a result of the CCSS ELA Writing Standards? O What challenges do you face with writing instruction? O How do you assess student writing to improve student writing?
  4. 4. A joint project of Student Achievement Partners and The Vermont Writing Collaborative…
  5. 5. What is “In Common”? A collection of annotated student samples K-12 O On Demand Writing O Range of Writing
  6. 6. On Demand Writing Uniform Prompts Three Writing Types K-12 Text Based – 2-3 class sessions Similar Prompts K-5 and 6-12 Purpose: O Highlight the developmental progressions in the standards O Build an understanding of grade specific expectations
  7. 7. Range of Writing Classroom Samples K-12 to illustrate CCSS 10: Writing for a range of discipline specific tasks, purposes and audiences Purpose: O Breadth O Ideas for integration
  8. 8. For use by educators and students… Several versions of each piece Annotated Not Annotated Edited
  9. 9. “The pieces in this collection are meant to be a starting point for inquiry and discussion, not a final destination.”
  10. 10. Protocol 3
  11. 11. Overview: In this exercise, you will gain a better understanding of one aspect of the standards by color coding student samples that provide concrete examples of a descriptor or set of descriptors used in the CCSS. Many descriptors are used repeatedly in the writing standards. Attaching descriptors to actual student writing will help clarify what each means at a particular grade level. Purpose: O To refine and deepen understanding of a particular aspect of effective writing. O To become familiar with, and clarify, terminology used in the Common Core State Standards. Colorful Language
  12. 12. Let’s Practice Together! Go to Page 119 and read Narrative Writing Standard 3, descriptor b in bold print. Read student writing sample aloud. Then… annotate the student writing by finding and color coding examples of the descriptors you are focusing on. Dialogue: Red Description: Blue Reflection: Green
  13. 13. Example All The Roads to Kansas I was six years old when my mother ran off with the pizza delivery boy. She sent a note in the mail to my grandmother that read, “Katie’s at home. Needs food and clothing. Jane.” Gramma drove the one-thousand-seven-hundred-twenty miles from Kansas to pick me up, pulling into the trailer lot in her blue, wood-paneled station wagon, slamming the car door behind her. I was sitting in a rusty hubcap on the from lawn, my chin cupped in my palm and my heart thundering wildly when she said, “Well, I’m here.”
  14. 14. Let’s Practice with Middle School 1. Go to page 117 and locate the grade appropriate Writing Standard for Narrative writing (W.3) Grade 7. 2. Read the highlighted descriptor for Grade 7 you are focusing on and what colors you will need. Dialogue: Red / Description: Blue / Pacing: green 3. Annotate the student writing by finding and color coding examples of the descriptors you are focusing on.
  15. 15. Protocol 3 Reflection What did you learn from looking for the standards’ expectations in student writing? How will what you learn inform your instructional practices? Discuss ways you could use color coding to improve student writing….
  16. 16. Inspire and focus students with a vision of quality work O Inspiring models of high-quality student work make the goal clear. O Rubrics are important, but for many students they are just a page of words until they can connect that rubric to a concrete exemplar.
  17. 17. Peer Inspired Revisionhttp://vimeo.com/channels/corepractices
  18. 18. “Standards will never be clear until we know how it looks through student outcomes.” - Ron Berger, Expeditionary Learning “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” - Yogi Berra
  19. 19. Finding In Common www.achievethecore.org http://tinyurl.com/og553l2
  20. 20. List Serve http://elaccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/listj oin
  21. 21. Contact Information Julie Joslin, Ed.D. Anna Lea Frost, M.Ed Section Chief 6-8 ELA English Language Arts Consultant 919-807-3935 910-807-3952 Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov Anna.Frost@dpi.nc.gov Lisa McIntosh, MSA Kristi Day, M.Ed K-5 ELA K-5 ELA Consultant Consultant 919-807-3895 910-807-3928 Lisa.Llewellyn@dpi.nc.gov Kristi.Day@dpi.nc.gov
  22. 22. ELA Resources LiveBinder Resources: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/2977 79 LiveBinder Self-Study: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/2620 77 Wiki: http://elaccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/home

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