BCPS DISTRICT WRITING PROGRAM Susan Smuskiewicz, NBCT North Bullitt High School WHAT DOES THE LAW REQUIRE WITH THE CHANGES IN SENATE BILL (SB1)? SB 1 defines writing as a purposeful act of thinking and expression that uses language to explore the ideas and communicate meaning to others. Writing is a complex,
multi-facited act of communication. The goal is to improve literacy instruction in our schools. Schools should focus on the overall writing program, not on assigning specific writing pieces for students to produce. Writing Across the Curriculum: incorporating writing tasks such as writing to learn, writing to demonstrate learning and writing for publication. Best practices in writing and developing policies that support the program outlining what writing instruction should look like. LITERACY INCLUDES . . .
Writing Reading Listening Speaking Observing Use of Technology WHAT ARE THE REAL CHANGES TO THE WRITING? Portfolio THEN. . . Focus WAS on product.
Specific genres of writing as determined by the KDE writing program Final finished pieces that go into a School Writring Portfolio Scored Portfolios Portfolio NOW . . . Focus IS on process
Growth in literacy-not just writing. The playing field is wide open in terms of which types of writing can be included in the working folder. Student working folders will be reviewed through a district/state audit. WHAT THE WRITING PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE Texting Admit slips
Exits slips Multiple Choice Questions BCPS WRITING PLAN The writing plan widens the scope to include all forms of communication. Attention should be given to the writing process. The emphasis should be proccess: pre-writing, revision, editing, and grading procedures for each
assignment. On Demand is non-negotiable. Technology should be viewed as vehicle to incorporate as part of the writing plan (i.e. 21st Century Literacies). Writing methods and the products should be produced across the curriculum. THE WRITING/DEVELOPMENT PROCESS SHOULD INCLUDE . . . Pre-Writing/Planning Feedback-teacher, peer, parent, other interested adults. (written feedback or with appropriate rubrics)
Feedback regarding areas where students need to improve his/her writing and communication skills which is demonstrated in their working folders to help students improve their work over time. Developing effective assessment methods/tools/rubrics to measure student growth over time as it pertains to the process of their learning. THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BCPS WRITING PROGRAM 9TH GRADE FOCUS EXAMPLES
Writing Focus . . . Creating a thesis statement The Five Paragraph Essay On Demand Forms Prewriting forms and development Introduction to Research Verbal Focus: Interviewing skills, Questioning, The Art of Persuasion. Technology Focus: Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel; E-mail 10TH GRADE FOCUS EXAMPLES
Writing Focus . . . Citations Transitions Verbal Focus: Tone Technology Focus: Photo Editing Software, Microsoft Movie Maker, Photo Story. 11TH AND 12TH GRADE FOCUS
Written Focus: College and Career Writing Verbal Focus: Professional Presentations Technology: Effective incorporation of technology. KDE RECOMMENDS THAT IN ORDER FOR ANY DISTRICT WRITING PLAN TO BE SUCCESSFUL WE MUST . . . Provide feedback to students on strengths and
weaknesses. Analyze and compare student growth over the years. Consider methods by which teachers are trained to analyze student work AND the criteria and standards by which work will be measured. WHAT NOW? WHAT DO WE NEED TO HELP SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS GROWTH IN LITERACY . . . Professional Development for understanding the
writing process and technology support for teachers to help improve student writing. Adopting the District Writing Plan to fit the needs of our students/school. Developing a framework for Writing Program Review. Create quality standards to evaluate the school writing plan. Grading procedures and responsibility for review of the working folder.
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