The team shared this week’s strengths and struggles. Writing seems to be a problem across the grade level. Students write sentences that go on forever. One strategy was to have students read back their writing. When they stop to breathe, maybe that would be a good spot to take a breath.
Ms. Carter has students color code text to distinguish their ideas and ideas from the text that supplied their ideas. Mr. Wortell mentioned point of view is causing struggles in terms of understanding. Writing their own stories with a certain point of view should help students. This conversation led into a discussion about Mr. Pagan’s sample work.
Mr. Pagan brought an example of a Science test essay question. Students were allowed to reference the text to improve their answers they originally wrote. Mr. Pagan also brought various examples of student work. Ms. Rhoades mentioned that we need to offer assistance in giving examples of transitional words. Students often repeat sentences to build length in an answer but fail to address the question properly. Some problems revolve around issues concerning ELL students….
One day a week is a focus on writing day in each of the subjects area. Basically it’s a day of showing students the differences in types of writing according to the “Six plus One” writing traits. Next week we will be discussing the implementation of a rubric that the grade level will share amongst each other to improve student writing. Each week will stress different aspects of writing.