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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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Argumentative Writing: 200 Prompts

Argumentative Writing: 200 Prompts | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

What issues do you care most about? What topics do you find yourself discussing most passionately, whether online, at the dinner table, in the classroom or with your friends?


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Nation's Report Card: Writing test shows gender gap

Nation's Report Card:  Writing test shows gender gap | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

What do the results from the writing test from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), better known as the Nation’s Report Card, tell us?


Students were asked to perform writing tasks in three areas:

  1. To persuade, trying to change the reader’s point of view;
  2. To explain, trying to broaden a reader’s understanding of a topic
  3. To convey experience, trying to provide an account of a real or imaginary experience to a reader.


Results

  • Among eighth-graders, about 3% scored advanced, 24% scored proficient or above, 54% basic, and 20% below basic. (Because the numbers were rounded, they do not add up to 100%).
  • Among 12th-graders, about 3% scored advanced, 24% scored proficient or above, 52% basic and 21% below basic.
  • The most notable achievement gap was between males and females in both eighth and 12th grades. On average, female students in the eighth grade scored 160; their male counterparts scored 140.


Key Points for School Leaders

  1. writing improves with practice
  2. 39% of 12th-graders said they write only one page of homework or less per week in English
  3. engaging boys in “meaningful” writing as part of the curriculum
  4. providing all students with opportunities to use computers to write and edit whenever possible
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The Writing Revolution

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The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
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Will Texting Destroy Writing Skills?

Will Texting Destroy Writing Skills? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"In general, I’m a fan of anything that gets students writing, and there are real benefits to giving students the gift of textual brevity rather than the stomach-churning fear of a five-paragraph structured essay. I’ve done quite a few articles on the benefits of Twitter’s 140-character approach to writing and my teacher’s gut says the same applies to text messaging. Truth, studies on this topic are inconclusive."

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ELA Video Lesson: Argument

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Shift #3: Argument vs. persuasion

Another shift in the ELA standards is a concentrated focus on argument instead of persuasion. While persuasion may often rely on emotional appeals and personal experience, argument requires more textual evidence and close-reading of the text. This lesson shows a multi-step approach to help students learn to focus on how an argument is constructed.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/literacy-analysis-lesson?utm_source=Alpha+List&utm_campaign=d245033d36-Newsletter_June30_2012&utm_medium=email
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Teaching Complex Text: Why Look at Word Frequency? » TextProject

Teaching Complex Text: Why Look at Word Frequency? » TextProject | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teachers typically have particular texts that they need to teach. What does it mean for a teacher to teach a text with a 700 Lexile?

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Teaching Writing using Computers: Pros and Cons

Teaching Writing using Computers: Pros and Cons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

There are some things computers really can do better than humans. But what about writing?

"Mark Shermis (pictured) heads up the University of Akron College of Education. Earlier this year, he co-authored a study of nine different essay-grading computer programs. Shermis says that on shorter writing assignments the computer programs matched grades from real live humans up to 85 percent of the time. But on longer, more complicated responses, the technology didn’t do quite as well."

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Information Writing for Dummies

Information Writing for Dummies | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Frequently as I look at the Common Core Standards for writing with teachers, a question keeps cropping up: Is there still a place for genre studies? These teachers and I know that narrative, inform...
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Argument vs. Persuasive Essay

Argument vs. Persuasive Essay | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The argument essay is not the attack dog of the literary world. It should promote social interaction respectful listening. Learn characteristics of the essay genre.
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Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art

Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

This is a great example of how teachers are integrating writing assignments across the curriculum, helping students practice practice their oral communication skills, and helping students safely publish their work in digital forms online.

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“The Writing Revolution”: An old idea done better

“The Writing Revolution”: An old idea done better | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A school wide focus

“an intense focus, across nearly every academic subject, on teaching the skills that underlie good analytical writing.”


Direct and Explicit Instruction

“The thing is, kids need a formula, at least at first, because what we are asking them to do is very difficult. So God, let’s stop acting like they should just know how to do it. Give them a formula! Later, when they understand the rules of good writing, they can figure out how to break them.”


Standards define expectations. Teachers help students meet expectations.

"traditional instruction delivered by the teachers already in classrooms may turn out to be the most powerful lever we have for improving school performance after all."


The best place to teach literacy skills is in content areas. - Dan Willingham

the emphasis on writing at New Dorp helped in knowledge and vocabulary acquisition by forcing "distributed practice" of subject matter and vocabulary, causing them to be learned more effectively by having to be written out.


Writing improves reading and vice versa. - Steve Graham

the promise of the method lies in its efficiency: killing two birds with one stone, both writing and general knowledge. The efficiency is significant only if it's an effective pedagogical device in support of cumulative knowledge building.


The key is that students can apply what they have learned.

As schools embark on the implementation of the Common Core standards, let us hope that educators keep in mind that they are just standards and that the heavy lifting, as Hirsch suggests, will be that of “defining specifically the knowledge to be learned.”

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Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started

Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
September is National Literacy Month, and what better way to celebrate and promote literacy than focusing on the tools that students own and love: their ce (Top story: Enriching literacy with cell phones?

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Closely Reading the Writing Standards | Burkins & Yaris

Closely Reading the Writing Standards | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This tool is designed to help educators achieve deep levels of understanding about the Common Core writing standards.
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Writing: Quick Bursts of Writing Align With the Common Core State Standards

Writing: Quick Bursts of Writing Align With the Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

How Quick Bursts of Writing Connect to the Common Core State Standards
 

• Writing is present in all the standards (If you’ve studied the standards, you know this well. Hooray! Writing should be part of everything we are doing and studying across the curriculum. Putting writing in its proper place at the head of the table right alongside reading will help us better meet Common Core expectations. Quick Bursts help us efficiently infuse writing into much more of what we do.)

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Writing: Modes, Genres, and Formats and the Common Core State Standards

Writing: Modes, Genres, and Formats and the Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Hardly a week goes by that I’m not asked about the differences between modes, genres, and formats.  I admit, it’s pretty confusing out there when you try to sort it out on your own.  ...
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The Reading & Writing Project: CCSS Aligned Strategies

The Reading & Writing Project: CCSS Aligned Strategies | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Title: Common Core Aligned Book Club Conversation


Title:Common Core Aligned Accountable Book Talk


Title:Discussing Historical Fiction Critically

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A new, more rigorous writing process

A new, more rigorous writing process | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A report released by the Nebraska Department of Education showed Beatrice Public Schools eighth and 11th graders fell behind their peers on new statewide writing tests.


The reports, released earlier this week, reflect increased writing standards and a new testing method in those grades for 2012.


“A new, more rigorous writing process was introduced to students in grades 8 and 11,” the press release states. “In addition to the newly revised writing standards, the writing process became more ‘college and career ready.’”


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Lightning Bug - Write a story from beginning to end

Lightning Bug - Write a story from beginning to end | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Lightning Bug is THE writing companion for young authors. Helping you to write a story from beginning to THE END.
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