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SBA Brief Writes
Transcript of SBA Brief Writes
This is science, social studies, and mathematics' primary form of writing. Encourage narrative anecdotes to set the tone and support thesis.
Rubric: Narrative Opening
Rubric: Narrative Elaboration
2 points: The response:
provides appropriate and mainly specific descriptive details and/or dialogue
provides adequate development of experiences, characters, setting, action,and/or events
uses adequate sensory, concrete, and/or figurative language
is mostly “shown”
Rubric: Introduction (Explanatory)
Rubric: Elaboration (Explanatory)
Rubric: Argumentative Introduction
Rubric: Argumentative Elaboration
Rubric: Argumentative Conclusion
Rubric: Conclusion (Explanatory)
Rubric: Narrative Conclusion
Allow and encourage students to write a connecting anecdote to introduce a topic for any content area. (Think about how many TEDTalks begin with an anecdote to draw the listener in to the main thesis.)
Use RAFTS to create engaging writing prompts via any subject area.
• provides an adequate opening or introduction to the narrative that may establish setting and/or point of view,* set up the action to come, establish the mood/tone,** and/or introduce the narrator and/or other characters for audience and purpose
• adequately connects to or sets up the body of the narrative
• provides an opening or introduction to the narrative that may partially establish setting and/or point of view,* or partially set up the action to come, partially establish the mood/tone,** and/or partially introduce the narrator and/or other characters
• provides a limited and/or awkward connection to the body of the narrative
This is called 'exposition.' You can still teach these literary terms/academic language.
Preamble - A lead-in to set up the audience and purpose of the stimulus
Stimulus - Student models of brief, incomplete writing drafts developed by item writers. Stimuli model authentic student writing for each grade-level.
Item Stem - A target focused statement prompting students to add an introduction, conclusion, or evidence/elaboration to the provided stimulus.
*provides a minimal opening or introduction to the narrative that may fail to establishsetting and/or point of view,* and/or fail to set up the action to come, fail toestablish the mood/tone,** and/or fail to introduce the narrator and/or othercharacters
*provides no connection to the body of the narrative
provides mostly general descriptive details and little or no dialogue, and mayinclude extraneous details that are unrelated or only loosely related
provides limited development of experiences, characters, setting, action, and/orevents
uses limited sensory, concrete, and/or figurative language
is somewhat “told”
includes few if any descriptive details and little or no dialogue. Details that areincluded may be vague, repetitive, incorrect, or interfere with the meaning of thenarrative
provides minimal, if any, development of experiences, characters, setting, action,and/or events
uses little or no sensory, concrete, and/or figurative language
is mostly “told”
The Big Idea:
"List-Y" is the key 'look for'
specific to the writing task/audience.
The writer is in control.
Use close reading to establish claims as mentor texts, etc.
Science: Argue for hypothesis
Math: Argumentative writing in proofs
PE/Health, Electives: Argumentative writing for choice of project/activity/task
Social Studies: any social justice issue
Science: focus on 'controlling idea' - thesis
Math: focus on explaining process
Social Studies: explain connections between past and present
Electives: 'how to' do just about any process
PE/Health: explain cause/effects of health related activities/issues
Narrative encompasses unexpected texts --from personal narratives to campfire stories and origin myths.
Allow for exploration of narrative writing in the sciences/math fields of study.
How did this scientist work? What questions did she ask? What stories did she uncover?
"Argumentative writing isn’t persuasion, and it’s not about conflict or winning. Instead, it’s about creating a claim and supporting that claim with evidence."
Explanatory writing focuses on controlling idea, thesis, precise supporting details, and the 'so what' idea of what it matters.
Narrative writing gives depth and connections to experiences via development which allows the reader to make meaning via 'transactional' engagement. Good narrative writing 'shows' and not 'tells.'
There are limitless prompts or ideas to explore.
Music: The Greatest: Vitamin String Quartet
SBA Brief Writes Rubrics: https://www.smarterbalanced.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ELA-Brief-Write-Rubrics.pdf