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1 In Common: Effective Writing for All Students A Common Core Implementation Resource for Writing instruction

2 SAP A joint project of Student Achievement Partners and The Vermont Writing Collaborative…

3 In Common A Common Core Implementation Resource for Writing Instruction Purpose: Develop a clearer understanding of the qualities of effective writing as described in the Common Core Standards. Provide some examples of how writing can be meaningfully integrated into the curriculum.

4 The Process How were papers collected and reviewed? Request for papers Work with SAP and Lead Writers of the CCSS to understand writing types Packets assembled Two day retreat Annotations Review/Feedback Second call for papers More feedback and informal field testing

5 What is “In Common”? A collection of annotated student samples K-12. On Demand Writing Range of Writing

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: Highlight the developmental progressions in the standards Build an understanding of grade specific expectations

7 Grade 1 Informative Explanatory Prompt Grade 1 Informational/Explanatory Directions should be read aloud and clarified by the teacher Water Conservation Student Directions Day 1 Today, you are going to get ready to write an informational piece to answer this question: What can you do to save water? Day 1 Get ready to write. 1. Watch the video, The Adventures of EcoRilla. 2. Discuss this question briefly with your classmates: Why is it important to save water? 3. Listen to the Readers’ Theatre: Water Wise-All About Water Conservation carefully. 4. What can you do to save water? Turn and talk to a partner about what you could do. 5. Fold a piece of paper into quarters. Pick at least four things that you could do to save water. Draw a picture of each to show what you chose. EXCERPT

8 Grade 5 Informative Explanatory Prompt Grade 5 Informational/Explanatory Writing Prompt Copy for students Directions should be read aloud and clarified by the teacher Water Conservation Student Directions Day 1 Today, you are going to prepare to write an informational essay to answer this question: What can you do to save water? Day 1 Get ready to write. 1. Watch the video: Water Conservation Tips. 2. Discuss this question briefly with your class: Why is it important to save water? 3. Listen to the article: Save our Water! carefully. You may want to take notes for your essay as you read. 4. What can you do to save water? Turn and talk to a partner about what you could do. You each have three minutes to explain what you would do and why. 5. On a piece of lined paper, write your name and grade, the date, the name of your school and your state, and your teacher's name. You will use this paper tomorrow for writing. EXCERPT

9 What can you do to save water? Kindergarten Response

10 What can you do to save water? Grade 3 Response EXCERPT

11 What can you do to save water? Grade 5 Response EXCERPT

12 Grade 8 Informative Explanatory Prompt EXCERPT

13 Grade Informative Explanatory Prompt EXCERPT

14 “What effect did the Great Depression have on people who lived through it?” Grade 8 Response EXCERPT

15 “What effect did the Great Depression have on people who lived through it?” Grade Response EXCERPT

16 Range of Writing Classroom Samples K-12 to illustrate CCSS 10: writing for a range of discipline specific tasks, purposes and audiences Purpose: Breadth Ideas for integration

17 Writing in the Classroom!

18 For use by educators, administrators and students… Several versions of each piece Available electronically on achievethecore.org Annotated Not Annotated Edited for Student Use

19 Some Clarifications: Examples of competent writing at each grade level, not benchmarks. Chosen specifically to illustrate CCSS Writing Standards 1, 2 and 3 (Argument/Opinion, Informative/Explanatory and Narrative). Mastery of conventions was not evaluated in choosing and annotating these pieces.

20 How can you use In Common? To help both students and teachers better understand the qualities of effective writing. To provide a foundation for analysis and discussion that can lead to a deep and nuanced understanding of the Common Core Writing Standards.

21 A Work in Progress… The CCSS are meant to broaden, not narrow, our understanding of effective writing. This resource has a similar purpose. In Common is intended to be a “living document”, which will be added to, revised, and improved as more teachers and students work with the Common Core State Standards.

22 We welcome your feedback and ideas as we move forward in this process.

23 Presenters’ Names Diana Leddy Educational Consultant Joey Hawkins Educational Consultant For more information, contact:

24 In Common: Effective Writing for All Students A Common Core Implementation Resource for Writing instruction


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