The Kentucky Marker Papers Ruthie Staley – Kentucky Dept. of Education
The Purpose of the Kentucky Marker Papers • What is good writing supposed to look like? • What lessons should I teach to enable my students to become proficient writers at each grade level? • How can I build their writer’s tool box?
History of the Project • How were the Marker Papers collected? • Who selected the Marker Papers? • How long have the Marker Papers been used by Kentucky teachers?
What type of writing will I find in the Marker Papers? • Personal Writing • Literary Writing • Transactive Writing
Table of Contents Acknowledgements A Guide for the Kentucky Marker Papers, Grades P1- 8th grade Resources The Kentucky Marker Papers Contents of the Marker Paper Binder
Contents of this document Marker Papers • Illustrates progression of key writing skills • Shows several forms of writing • Annotations show skills demonstrated in the writing
Contents of this document - Continued • Primary Writing – shows incremental gain of skills throughout the four years of Primary School • Grades 4 – 8 writing show end of year writing
Primary Developmental Continuum • Shows progression of skills demonstrated in the writing • Uses no grade level • Lists skills specific to each type of writing • Annotations on pieces match skills on the continuum • NOT A SCORING GUIDE!
Grades 4 – 8 Skills List • Lists skills specific to each type of writing • Annotations match skills listed • End of year writing • NOT A SCORING GUIDE!
Next Lessons • Only one or two for each piece • Reinforce the idea that teachers use student work to make decisions about instructional priorities • These are NOT finished pieces! • Next Lessons are NOT conference notes! • Next Lessons are guides for future instruction
Add your own annotations Add “Next Lessons” Think-Pair- Share Share out in whole group When I Went to Texas Practice annotating a writing piece
Practice annotating a writing piece • Add your own annotations • Add “Next Lessons” • Think-Pair-Share • Share out in whole group
Analysis of Writing • Audience and Purpose • Idea Development • Organization • Sentences/Language/Correctness
How can Marker Papers be used by the classroom teacher? • They can help in guiding the instruction of each individual student • They can be displayed in the hall or classroom sot that students can access them and reflect on their own progress
How can Marker Papers be used by the classroom teacher? • They can be used at Parent/Teacher Conferences • They can be used to flexibly group students who need additional work with a particular lesson. • They determine “Next lessons” to be planned
They can be a part of a teacher’s anecdotal record keeping Marker Papers can be used to celebrate the milestones in a child’s writing progress Celebrate the successes! How can Marker Papers be used by the classroom teacher?
A Final Thought “ Real writers serve their material. They allow it to pass through them and have the opportunity to move beyond the daily limitations of being inside themselves. It is like being led by a whisper.” Jayne Anne Phillips