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Writing In the Classroom

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Melissa Rachelson

on 25 November 2014

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Transcript of Writing In the Classroom

Writing is one source of communication.
It helps support critical thinking.
Writing is also used every day in college and the workplace.
Research on writing in different grades
What is Writing?
Kaitlyn Ratliff, Megan Podolan, Alyvia Nadeau, Melissa Racheson, Lindsey Goddard
Writing In the Classroom
Students Should Know
There are different standards and expectations for students depending on which state they live in and what grade they are in.

Today, we will be talking to you about the essential component of writing.
What is writing and why is it important?
What should students know and do at specific grade levels, K-6?
How do you teach writing in an effective and efficient manner? We will also discuss ways in which you can incorporate technology into writing lessons.
Collaborative writing lesson/activity
How do you assess what students know and how much they have learned?
How do you use assessments to plan instruction?

How to Teach Writing
When planning lessons, consider state and core standards.
Pay attention to assessments--they will show you your students' needs
Allow students to express their ideas and interests. If they are interested, they will be more engaged and driven!
Give students opportunities to publish their writing.
Incorporate technology by allowing students to publish their work on a classroom blog or classroom website.
Toontastic Ipad App
The Writing Process
Evidence Based Writing Practices
Using Assessments in the Classroom
A framework for effective writing instruction.
The writing process is not linear...it is cyclical and recursive.
Research has shown that the writing process, when used alone, does not meet the needs of all students, specifically students with disabilities or English Language Learners.
Therefore, it is important to incorporate other evidence-based strategies with the writing process approach. This creates differentiated instruction!
Putting It All Together
Rubric-based Assessment is most prevalent
Holistic Rubrics
Analytic Rubrics
Primary trait Rubrics
Assessments can be used prior to teaching
Purposes for Assessment
Progress Monitoring
Summative Assessment
Explicit Strategy Instruction
SRSD Approach
Model Texts
Teach About Text Structure
Collaborative Writing
Peer Revision
Writing is everywhere!
Incorporate writing into all subject areas
Incorporate technology
Always follow standards
Don't use writing process as your overall strategy
Use a variety of assessments

Main Elements of a narrative:
Cioffi, M. (2012, May 6). an essay by Spongebob Squarepants
[Video file]. Retrieved from
IES: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional
Assistance. (n.d.). Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers [PDF document]. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/writing_pg_062612.pdf.
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council
of Chief State School Officers. (2010). Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Washington, DC: Authors.
(n.d.) [Pinterest image]. Retrieved from http://www.pinterest.com/
Olinghouse, N.G., & Wilson, J. (2012). Strategic, Meaningful, and
Effective Writing Instruction for Elementary Students. In M.C. Hougen, & S.M. Smart (Ed.), Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction & Assessment (205-224). Baltimore, Maryland: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Olthouse, J.M. (n.d.). 15 Ways To Publish Student Writing [PDF
document]. Retrieved from http://www.bvsd.org/tag/Documents/15%20ways%20to%20publish%20student%20writing.pdf.
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