Tag Archives: writing to sources

Writing Instruction and the Common Core

If you have questions about writing and the Common Core, the following LearnZillion webinar will help. Joey Hawkins, the founder of the Vermont Writing Collaborative and author of Writing For Understanding: Using Backward Design To Help All Students Write Effectively, … Continue reading

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Scaffolded Writing Lessons

This blog, along with the district, have been on quasi-hiatus during the winter break. We’re back to work and we’ll be focusing on writing and Core Action 2, from the Instructional Practice Guides, over the next couple of months. To … Continue reading

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How Writing can Improve Reading

In a guide shared by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alliance for Excellent Education, Vanderbilt professors Steve Graham and Michael Hebert describe the evidence for how writing can improve reading. Among the recommendations: Have Students Write About … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Write Terribly

In a piece posted at Slate, writer and editor Matthew J.X. Malady, examines the writing section of the SAT. Through a series of interviews with college professors and those who prep students for the SAT, it becomes clear that the … Continue reading

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Core Shifts Blast 12: Writing to Sources

The Core Shifts Blast is back with strategies, ideas, notes, and materials to match instruction to Shift 5—Writing to Sources. If you missed the writing training last month, you will find an overview of the sessions as well as links … Continue reading

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Writing to Sources Training Materials

This week, fifth grade teacher teams, from Washoe’s 63 elementary schools, have been training on Shift 5: Writing to Sources.  The training, which addresses the NV-DOE required formative writing task, integrates discussion around the CCSS and SBAC rubrics as well … Continue reading

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Will the SAT Align to the CCSS?

At the 2012 Annual AP Conference, College Board President David Coleman describes what may have to change about the SAT to align with the “finest qualities” of CCSS. He notes that the emphasis of writing without source material, as currently … Continue reading

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