Did you walk out of yesterday’s staff meeting with a handful of papers and know not what to do with them?
Have no fear! I am here to explain these mysterious documents and their potential impact on your students.
And if you didn’t make it down to the stage, I will place copies of these in the copy room, or you can print them yourself (and save them to your Google Drive) by clicking here.
So here goes…
Our instructional focus for this month is evidence-based writing, a way of saying that students should not just be giving their opinions without supporting them with evidence.
This type of task is found on the CAASPP, as well as the placement test for college (and life…forever). This is a skill our student absolutely, 100% need to be proficient in before they leave our school, and it is something that they can and should be doing in every subject.
Check out this prompt from CAASPP:
You will now write multi-paragraph argumentative essay in which you take a stance on “___________”. Make sure you establish an argumentative claim, address potential counterarguments, and support your claim from the sources you have read. Develop your ideas clearly and use your own words, except when quoting directly from the sources. Be sure to reference the sources by title or number when using details or facts directly from the sources.
The following template (or the curious document currently sitting on your desk) is a way to scaffold student written responses, allowing them to 1) see the actual argument, 2) properly process it, and 3) respond productively.
The documents: <-- click this
How you use these is entirely up to you! The more the kiddos see and use this, the more it will become automatic. You can learn more about the intention behind the template here.
Love sentence frames? So do students! Here is a handout with tons more!
Now on to next week's PD opportunity:
In response to the overwhelming requests for more paid collaborative time and a chance to work more in depth with the topics covered during last week’s collaboration day, this month’s PD will be an open format, collaborative teacher work space.
Many of our breakout facilitators (and their magnificent brains full of experience and advice) will be on hand to work with you as you turn your new knowledge into innovation.
You may come with a group, find a group, or work alone as you do real work in making your ideas into tangible products to implement in your classrooms.
When: April 12th, 2017
When: 1-3PM (2hrs will be paid)
Why: to have fun and get stuff done!
We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity!
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