Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Writing Standards in Action

Look what's new!

Writing Standards in
Action Project has
new additions!

Text Types and Purposes

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8
Opinion/Argument View Opinion Argument Samples - Grade 5 View Opinion Argument Samples - Grade 6
Inform/Explain View Inform/Explain Samples - Grade 3 View Inform/Explain Samples - Grade 4 View Inform/Explain Samples - Grade 5 View Inform/Explain Samples - Grade 7 View Inform/Explain Samples - Grade 8
Narrate View Narrate Samples - Grade 3 View Narrate Samples - Grade 4 View Narrate Samples - Grade 5 View Narrate Samples - Grade 6 View Narrate Samples - Grade 7

Recently additional examples of student writing from across Massachusetts have been added to the Writing Standards in Action page of our website - available at http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/wsa/.
Each posting includes:
  • The student work with standards-based annotations matched to specific selections in the text
  • An unmarked copy of the student work
  • Background information on the assignment whenever that information is available.
The Project posts new samples on an ongoing basis. Currently, additional samples and reviewers are being recruited. This is a great way to learn from your colleagues in other districts while delving more deeply into the 2011 standards and their implications for instruction.

Join in

Submit writing - New submissions for the Project are welcome.

Reviewers needed - The Project seeks candidates with expertise in writing to review new submissions. Teams of reviewers meet roughly every six weeks for a full day to review the student work and annotate the samples. Reimbursement for travel expenses and substitute teachers is provided.

Participants earn PDPs and gain working experience with the literacy standards. Panelists have found participation to be a valuable professional development opportunity.
Contact David Buchanan dbuchanan@doe.mass.edu (781) 338 – 6235.

Please use the samples currently available to calibrate your work with students. Examining the samples and the annotations with colleagues is a perfect professional learning collaborative opportunity that can help you revise and adjust your current work with students where needed to more closely align it with the standards or to help assure you that your current work is well aligned.