Utilizing the CCSS for writing across all content areas. Sandra Newsham , M.Ed School Support Specialist Sandra.Newsham@jppss.k12.la.us. “Where do I begin?” “What resources should I use?”. What is the greatest barrier to change?.
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Utilizing the CCSS for writing across all content areas
Sandra Newsham, M.Ed
School Support Specialist
“Where do I begin?”
“What resources should I use?”
What is the greatest barrier to change?
The Common Core State Standards will help us increase the amount of rigor in our classrooms. However, the standards alone are not enough. It is the successful implementation of the standards that will produce more well-rounded, critical thinkers.
CCSS W.6.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effectivetechnique, relevant descriptivedetails, and well-structuredevent sequences.
CCSS W.6.3: Writenarratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Old Opening Day Writing Assignment:
Write an essay on what you did this summer.
New Opening Day Writing Assignment:
Give me suggestions for my next vacation based on one of your previous vacations and/or information you’ve obtained about a specific place.
Brian Robeson, a thirteen year old boy traveling in a small airplane to Canada to spend the summer with his father, is involved in a plane crash in an uninhabited part of the Canadian woods after the pilot dies of a heart attack. Brian then must find a way to survive and in the process, discovers much about himself and becomes a man.
Describe a time when you overcame or survived a difficult situation. What obstacles did you encounter? How did your experience contribute to your maturity?
Brian has survived many things in his life (such as his parents’ divorce). What qualities does Brain possess that make him a survivor? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. Do you possess any survivor qualities? Use evidence from your life to support your answer.
Informal writing opportunities play an important part in improving overall writing.
Yo. Waz up. Did U C Joe. Lemme know if U R goin to da party. TTYL.
Text:Yo. Wazup. Did U C Joe. Lemme know if U R goin 2da party. TTYL.
Standard English: Hello. How are you? Did you see Joe? Let me know if you are going to the party. I will talk to you later.
RAFT writing has been used to explain processes, describe a point of view, envision a potential job or assignment, or solve a problem (Brozo & Simpson, 2007). It’s the kind of writing that when crafted appropriately should be creative and informative.
R– A whole number between 1 and 9
A – A whole number equal to 10 minus their number
F – A letter
T – Why it’s important to be a positive role model for the fractions less than one.
Dear Number 7:
It has come to my attention that you are not taking seriously your responsibilities as a role model for the fractions. With this letter I would like to try to convince you of the importance of being a positive role model for the little guys. One day, with the proper combinations, they too will be whole numbers. It is extremely important for them to understand how to properly carry out the duties of a whole number.
For them to learn this, it is imperative for them to have good positive role models to emulate. Without that, our entire numbering system could be in ruins. They must know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide properly and efficiently. They must know how to respond if ever asked to become a member of a floating point gang. Since they are not yet whole, it is our duty to number kind to make sure they are brought up properly to the left of the decimal.
Thank you in advance for our support,
The Number 3
R – Chromosome
A– Daughter Chromosomes
T– Cell division during mitosis
Dear Daughter Chromosomes,
You are moving on to better things as part of separate but equal cells. You don’t remember me because you are both part of what I was. You see, during Anaphase, I split in two at my centromere. My last minutes were spent with what now accompany you as other daughter chromosomes. Please do not be afraid of the double membrane, called the nuclear envelope, which will soon surround you.
It is going to form in order to protect you while you replicate and proceed through what I did. You will eventually split in order to help form another duplicate cell. I write you to wish you luck and share with you my experience so that you may pass it on to others.
Strong Teaching Tasks are: