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1 Everyday Writing to Assess Comprehension in the Content Areas Where learning and writing collide Presented by Kathleen Kopp & Gail Bockiaro Forest Ridge Elementary School, Citrus County, FL

2 The Butter Lady How does Mrs. Podunk motivate her reluctant writer? What will Mrs. Podunk learn about the classs learning regarding Florida pioneer life? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having students write to demonstrate learning vs. reading and taking a multiple choice test?

3 P-M-I (Plusses, Minuses, Interesting) I can use writing as another way to assess my students subject matter comprehension. PLUSSESMINUSESINTERESTING

4 The Definition of Assessment Two-column Notes MineTheirs Wikipedia Wiggins Popham Similarities Differences

5 The Definition of Assessment Personal Write, Pair, Share Wikipedia the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs. Wiggins A means to improve student performance. Popham A process by which educators use students responses to make inferences regarding students knowledge, skills, or affective status.

6 Essential Question Did they get it? How do I know? Tests Multiple choice – Choose two to justify/explain Performance Tasks Projects Problems Prompts

7 Plan Ahead Determine the essential outcomes or knowledge. Plan what and how you want to assess before assigning a project or writing task. Design a project or task that matches the essential learning. Students should know how they are being assessed (rubric, rating scale, checklist) before they begin writing.

8 Support and Scaffold Student Work Provide a model. Support students as they begin writing. Planning sheets Dialogue and discussion Provide time to conference with students about their work. Teacher-to-student Student-to-student

9 What do performance tasks look like? Open-ended Engaging Application of content area instruction Application of writing skills Variety of writing genres Clear and compelling standards Provide a model, if possible

10 Writing to Assess Student Learning Before LearningDuring LearningAfter Learning PMI ChartNotes Projects, Problems, Prompts Summer VacationLearning Logs Columbus Learning Journals Book Report Now Showing Poster Ask the Expert Button Foldables Famous Person Reading (Jackie Mitchell) Famous Explorer Ask the Expert Table Talk The Butter Lady

11 Performance Task Resources Worth a Look Learning Through Writing Kathy Kopp, Maupin House, Inc. Everyday Content Area Writing Kathy Kopp, Maupin House, Inc. Reaching the Reluctant Writer Mike Artell, Maupin House, Inc. Summarization in Any Subject, Rick Wormeli, ASCD

12 Bibliography Educational Leadership; December 2007/January 2008: Informative Assessment (vol. 65 no. 4). Ahead of the Curve: The power of assessment to transform teaching and learning; Edited by Douglas Reeves; Solution Tree, Educative Assessment; Grant Wiggins; Jossey-Bass, Publishers, Modern Educational Measurement: Practical guidelines for educational leaders (3 rd ed.); W. James Popham; Allyn and Bacon, 2000.


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