Three Year Writing Plan
What is it we want students to learn?
Be kind to ourselves. We need to give ourselves permission to not be perfect!
Get familiar with the pacing guide and the new standards.
Check out some of the websites listed on the Web Resource sheet.
Try to spend 60 minutes a day teaching writing (handwriting not included).
Begin the "best practices" journey. Become familiar with such research as
"90/90/90 and Beyond" by Doug Reeves, and "Writing Next", by Steven Graham.
Students will write to FIVE prompts of varying modes: a pre- and post-
assessment, and three other prompts to be given at the end of each trimester.
Pre/post tests will be administered in the same formal fashion as the state test.
Results of these assessments will be recorded on the provided record sheets, to
be analyzed in PLC teams as an instructional tool. Pre/post tests will be scored
by the center and viewed at the district level.
Staff will be trained by writing team members to score writing papers.
The writing team will collect teacher feedback, and be an integral part of writing
support to staff at the building level.
*Early Adopters: Develop a year-long plan that incorporates the modes and
traits, as well as writing across the curriculum. Share with the writing team
How will we know that they have learned it?
Give permission to not be perfect, but stretch ourselves.
Spend 60 minutes a day teaching writing. Learn to write across the curriculum.
Engage in discussions on instructional practices. What lessons have you found to
be especially effective? What resources do you turn to the most?
Looking for teachers to model writing lessons that might be video taped and
placed on "S" Drive.
Results of the five prompts will be recorded, and data from all assessments will
be viewed at the District level. The writing team will look for patterns in the
data, in order to guide them in follow-up support for teachers. As we see common
points of weakness, we can get staff the training needed to improve
Building PLC teams will begin unwrapping the new standards.
Writing team will review and revise pacing guide/"S" Drive/team created
documents based on feedback.
What kind of interventions/enrichments will we offer students?
Begin to use prompts in other subject areas.
Learn how to integrate writing across the curriculum (Learning Log Example).
Analyze data from previous year's scores. Make a plan based on the analysis.
Implement strategic interventions and enrichment.
Ensure 60 minutes per day is spent on writing.
*Early Adopters are those teachers comfortable enough with writing to accelerate beyond the yearly plan.