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Copy of 6 Trait Writing - Middle School

Informative writing with traits

Stacey Wright

on 13 September 2012

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Learning Goals CCGPS
Informational Writing and Ida Ideas (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Strategies for teaching Ideas mentor text R.A.F.T. activities doodles video posters and sticky notes Examine the “embedded-ness” of the ideas trait of writing in the standards. Explore strategies for teaching the ideas trait Evaluate student writing for ideas Essential Questions How are the six traits of writing embedded within my standards? (Focus on ideas) What are some strategies for teaching the ideas trait of writing? How will I assess student writing in my content area? Activating Strategy: Elbow partners 2 min. Sorting activity In groups, sort by IS and IS NOT Choose 2 to discuss with whole group CCGPS Informational writing defined http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_A.pdf Informational Writing in the CCGPS Literacy Standards Three Levels of Development Does Not Meet Standard in Ideas
Hi my name is JR. I will like to tell you about quartz. They look they
feel soft and some are kind of rough. The loctain is in Goirge an
other place. They uses for window glass wactchs. Meets Standard in Ideas
I think quartz is a very interesting mineral for several reasons. It
is one of the hardest minerals. It is a 7 hardness. You can find
quartz in grey, white, purple, brown and pink. Did you know
that quartz can be found in rocks all over the world? It’s the
most common mineral and is also found in Georgia. Quartz can
be changed by water, wind, and fire. One thing I did not know
is that quartz it is used to make windows, glass, lens, for
eyeglasses and even clocks. Some people even use it to make
paint! Exceeds the Standard
Imagine you are climbing Georgia’s mountains. You find a big
rock. Then you hit it with a hammer. Ta da! Something shiny and
sparkly is in it. That is a quartz. It is one of the hardest minerals. It is
so hard it can scratch other minerals. It’s a number 7 on the Moh’s
hardness scale so it can scratch one through six.
The color shape and size of quartz can be different. You can
find quartz in grey, white, purple, brown and pink. Purple quartz is
called amethyst. Quartz is found worldwide. It is the most common
mineral on the face of the earth. You can find quartz at the beach.
Yep, that’s right, quartz is in sand.
Quartz changes by weathering. It doesn’t break down easy
though. Unlike many minerals it doesn’t expand when it is heated or
crack when it is cooled. One thing I did not know is that quartz it is
used to make windows, glass, lenses for eyeglasses and even
clocks. Now that I know so much about quartz I feel like a geologist. Students can self-assess! What Informational Writing Is and Is Not Informational/Explanatory Writing
conveys information accurately,
increases readers’ knowledge of a subject,
helps readers better understand a procedure or process,
provides readers with an enhanced comprehension of a concept
addresses matters such as types (What are the different types of poetry?) and components (What are the parts of a motor?);
size, function, or behavior (How big is the United States? What is an X-ray used for? How do penguins find food?);
tells how things work (How does the legislative branch of government function?); and why things happen (Why do some authors blend genres?);
draws from background knowledge and from primary and secondary sources.
develops controlling idea and coherent focus on a topic
selects and incorporate relevant examples, facts, and details
uses a variety of techniques to convey information, such as naming, defining, describing, or differentiating
different types or parts;
compares or contrasts ideas or concepts;
cites an anecdote or a scenario to illustrate a point. Where are we going with assessment? www.writingfix.com http://writingfix.com/PDFs/Writing_Tools/Novel_Openings.pdf Resources: Graphic organizers with informational text Showing vs. telling (sensory words) Use pictures of current events/news stories http://www.enchantedlearning.com/graphicorganizers/spider/ Round-robin ideas (class generated main idea and details) Sentence builders Missing pieces Object description Informational Samples Independently, read and assess for Ideas only.
Write 2 “glow” comments about ideas and 2 “grow” comments to improve in the area of ideas.
Whole group discussion and sharing of comments.
What do the raters say? Dade County Resources Thanks for attending!
Stacey Wright, Instructional Coach
stacey.wright@carrollcountyschools.com Summarizer 3 things - you can use with your students
2 things - you learned
1 thing - you want to know Understand how the ideas trait of writing
helps us instruct and assess student writing. Ida Ideas Ideas and Content
“The ideas are the heart of the message, the content of the piece, all the details that enrich and develop the theme.” NWREL Ida has a lot of bright ideas

Her box holds the “content” for our stories

She wants us to stick to main ideas and not overstuff the idea box. Idea Box Activity other activities http://www.helpkidswrite.com/MeetYourFriends/IdaIdeasContent/tabid/58/Default.aspx http://writingfix.com/WAC/Writing_Across_Curriculum_RAFTS_Science.htm http://writingfix.com/WAC/Writing_Across_Curriculum_RAFTS_Soc_Studies.htm Science Social Studies Articles: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/earthquakes/index.html Textbook: Sample papers: nutrition food webs/chains historical events http://www.exemplars.com/education-materials/free-samples/science-anchor-papers
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