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Are Area Superintendents Area Directors Area Support Teams Presented by Tara Smith & Lisa Collum . Soaring Toward Success: Strategies and Tips for FCAT Writes (Elementary). February 8, 2011. Agenda. Incentives Time Management Planning Strategies Organization and Support Strategies
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Area Support Teams
Presented by Tara Smith & Lisa Collum
February 8, 2011
Understanding the PromptProblem: Students not knowing what the prompt is asking or in which mode to writeSolution: Marking the prompt to maintain focus
Quick Planning - NarrativeProblem: Students spending too much time on planningSolution: Quick planning strategies for narrative writing
Takeaway: Feeling + Lesson Learned
Quick Planning – ExpositoryProblem: Students spending too much time on planning Solution: Quick planning strategies for expository writing
Setting and Character Description:
Hint at Problem:
Problem: Students having trouble supporting their narratives
Solution: 5W’s and 1 H Strategy
Who is the story about? (characters)
Where is the story going to take place? (setting)
When is the story going to happen? (setting)
What are my three main events? (problem/challenge)
Why is there a problem?
How are my characters going to try to solve the
How does my character feel in the end?
Connection to Prompt/Reasons:
Thesis with Ending Thought
Detail Paragraph #1 Topic Sentence
Detail Paragraph #2 Topic Sentence
Detail Paragraph #3 Topic Sentence
paragraphs with MEAT!
The Concise Conclusion
Essay Organization and Support StrategyProblem: Students struggling with support; Small middle paragraphsSolution: Using A’s and B’s from planning sheet to give examples and elaborate
-use A’s and B’s on planning sheet
-support with A (2-3 sentences), give specific examples and elaborate
-support with B (2-3 sentences), give specific examples and elaborate
Narrative Elaboration StrategyProblem: Students struggling with support; Small middle paragraphs Solution: Turning Sentences into Paragraphs
Problem – students missing parts in each paragraph
Solution – Color Code when teaching
If you are modeling the middle
Topic sentence in red
1st supporting sentences in green
2nd supporting sentences in blue
Personal Connection/ Statistic/Quote in black
Wrap up in orange
If you are modeling the
Highlighter Proofreading and Revising StrategyProblem: Students leaving out important informationSolution: Give students highlighters and a checklist to revise
Flocabulary: Hip-Hop in the Classroom
Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr.
How to write a Short Story
The How-to Essay
Writing about Yourself
The Writing Process
The Five Paragraph Essay
Writing with the 5 Senses