Targeted Writing Conferences – Professional Development Series

Targeted Writing Conferences – Professional Development Series

I’m excited to bring you “Targeted Writing Conferences,” the first video in my new ELA Academy professional development series! Click below to watch. If you’d like some guided notes (I’m a little crazy for these – it’s a shameless plug for AVID-style Cornell Notes), then click here to download and print: Guided notes – TWC

I have a ton of resources to go with this one, so be sure to scroll through the whole list to see what’s here.

HOLISTIC SCORING

Texas Standardized Test Resources

Essays:

STAAR expository essay rubric (9th grade): STAAR expository rubric – Region 10

Same rubric but with what I consider the most important things highlightedSTAAR expository rubric – highlighted

STAAR expository essay scoring guide, with scored essays and explanations: Click here

STAAR persuasive essay rubric (10th grade): STAAR persuasive rubric – Region 10

Same rubric, but with what I consider the most important things highlightedSTAAR persuasive rubric – highlighted

STAAR persuasive essay scoring guide, with scored essays and explanationsClick here

* You might want to have students attach their essay rubric to the inside of their writing folder and/or tape/glue it to a page in their spirals.

Short answer questions (SAQ)s:

STAAR SAQ single-selection rubric: STAAR SAQ single-selection rubric – Region 10

STAAR 9th grade SAQ single-selection scoring guide, with scored SAQs and explanationsClick here

STAAR 10th grade SAQ single-selection scoring guide, with scored SAQs and explanationsClick here

STAAR SAQ connecting selections rubric: STAAR SAQ connecting rubric – Region 10

STAAR 9th grade SAQ connecting selections scoring guide, with scored SAQs and explanationsClick here

STAAR 10th grade SAQ connecting selections scoring guide, with scored SAQs and explanationsClick here

Here’s my slightly slimmed-down version of each rubric, which focuses on the main things that keep an SAQ response from being the next score point higher. I have students cut it in half and tape/glue to a page in their spirals: SAQ single and connecting rubrics – for spiral

Other:

Need more? Here’s the main STAAR writing resources page on TEA’s website: Click here

SAT Essay Resources

SAT Essay Scoring (basically a rubric but you have to click on each score point to get a description – if anyone has found or made a nice, single document for each one, please share!): Click here

Teacher Implementation Guide for the New SAT (scroll to pg. 89 to see sample scored essays with explanations): Click here

AP Lang/Lit Essay Resources

AP Lang rubric and lots of sample scored essays (see “Sample Responses”) for different years: Click here

AP Lit rubric and lots of sample scored essays (see “Sample Responses”) for different years: Click here

Generic AP essay rubric with suggested grades for each score for AP and Pre-AP from Jerry Brown (APSI presenter): Generic AP Lit essay rubric from Jerry Brown

Six Traits Writing

Info on 6+1 Traits from the NEA: Click here

Six Traits rubric on the JFK Center for the Performing Arts website: Click here

Student Scoring

In one activity, I had students get 3 peers to score their SAQs. The scorers had to give each SAQ a score and also a brief justification (like 1, no inference). There’s a space for the writer to agree with or dispute the scores they received. Click here to download the scoring sheet: Student SAQ scoring sheet

In another activity, I had students write SAQs in a group, then collectively score other groups’ SAQs. Click here to download the scoring sheet: SAQ group scoring sheet

TARGETED WRITING CONFERENCES

Form

Sample writing conference form, which has a place for students to reflect on the 1st draft before turning it in, 1st draft score and comments, note-taking during the conference, and reflection afterward: Writing Conference Form

Helpful Links

Composing Conversations: Implementing Writing Conversations in High School (from North Carolina Public Schools): Click here

 

High School English and the Teacher-Student Writing Conference: Fine Tuned Duets in the Ensemble of the Classroom (sample WC conversations and explanations from the National Writing Project): Click here

How to Improve the Quality of Writing Conferences (packet from a Kentucky Educational Television professional development workshop): Click here

* There are plenty more – honestly, these were just the first three hits from a Google search I did, and they all look awesome. Go see what else is out there that fits your teaching style and your students’ needs!

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