Anxiety and apprehension are filling the air. What’s causing the ruckus? Educators are in the process of unpacking, analyzing, and digesting the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In the domain of writing, all students (K-6) are required to write narratives, informational/explanatory text, and opinions/arguments.
To help ease this process, I have written a downloadable Writing Program Overview & Assessment Guide featuring my three-writing organizers, assessment descriptors, and student writing samples for grades K-6. Teachers and administrators can utilize this guide for assessment, articulation, and planning of all the CCSS writing genres within and across grade-levels.
Three Writing Organizers: The elements of good writing, not mastering a new organizer, must be the focus during writing instruction. Hence, regardless of the genre, students (K-6) draw, then utilize one of my three organizers in a different series of lessons called the Stages of Writing. Too often, students try to learn a new graphic organizer for every genre introduced. An excessive number of organizers does not scaffold or support learners; instead, they only become overwhelming obstacles in the writing process.
Stages of Writing Lessons: These direct-instruction lessons integrate organization and ideas, word choice, sentence fluency, voice and mechanics. On page ten (of my writing guide), a table displays the three CCSS genres of writing matched to grade-levels (K-6). Each of these grade-levels are assigned specific stages of writing lessons that are aligned to their standards.
Assessment Descriptors and Student Writing Samples: Use the Writing Stages’ table (p. 10) to identify your grade-level genres and matching writing stages’ lessons. Turn to the pages indicated on the table for descriptors of skills that will be taught in these lessons, plus completed student organizers, and benchmark writing samples. Utilize the descriptors and benchmark papers to evaluate your students’ writing and then determine your next teaching points for instruction.
If you would like a copy of my new guide, just click-on the following link for a free downloadable PDF:K-6 Program Overview and Assessment Guide
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SUGGESTION: In order to view or print the manual correctly, follow these steps:
COMPUTER: To view on your computer properly, use Adobe Reader, please go to “view” and click-on “page display”, select “two page view” then again click-on “view” and click-on “page display”“show cover page in two page view”.
PRINT: Print the booklet back-to-back.