Teaching Writing in the
middle school

Objective for this Staff Development Session

Part I
TLW use digital tools to support Writing standards and student collaboration.
TLW evaluate resources for Writing shared in today’s lesson

Part II
Participants will create a writing lesson using the resources
and tools shared in part 1 of today session.

Why are we doing this??
TEAM rubric objectives:
o Planning Rubric - Student assignments require students to draw conclusions, make generalizations, and produce arguments that are supported through extended writing
o Instructional Rubric - The teacher thoroughly teaches two or more types of thinking: analytical thinking, where students analyze, compare and contrast, and evaluate and explain information;
o The teacher implements activities that teach and reinforce three or more of the following problem-solving types:
         *Identifying Relevant/Irrelevant Information
         *Generating Ideas
         *Creating and Designing


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.o
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.o
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.o
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Our Guiding Questions
1. What is it we want our students to learn?
2. How will we know if each student has learned it?
3. How will we respond when some students do not learn it?
4. How can we extend and enrich the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?


Welcome activity

Visit the TNcore.org site. Log in with U/N tneducation P/W fastestimproving

Examine sample informative/explanatory and opinion prompts for the 2013-14 TN Writing Assessment. Focus on tasks students are asked to complete and how the tasks are worded. (to find these do a search of writing prompts)

Explore the interactive Website for 6 Traits of Writing

Activity #1

Read the article "Are you Addicted to Texting" found on Actively Learn.com.  Use code # 39271 to join my class.  After looking at this from a student and teacher prospective, discuss how this might be used in your class.

Activety #2

Investigate as many of the resources as time permits.  Plan a lesson that incorporates some of what you have learned today.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

You can type right from this spot on my webpage to be included.

2 years ago

just sheer numbers....

2 years ago

Motivating the students.