Boost Communication Arts Scores
Some Students Learn to Read through Writing
Some students learn to read through reading; somestudents learn to read through writing; some studentslearn to read through phonics. Are you making the most of your writing time? As theend of the year is approaching, consider this forma-tive assessment idea:Post a strong example of student work and have
students work with partners to identify ‘what they notice’ about the posted writing.
After several minutes of partner discussion, collectresponses on chart paper/Smart Board for an in-classdiscussion. After collecting student responses, assess which of the traits below they noticed.*Idea*Organization*Voice*Word Choice*Sentence Fluency *Conventions
Add your own observations for that ‘teachable mo-ment.’
Repeat similar assignments. After several days,pass out a copy of a strong writing sample and have
students independently identify ‘what they notice’
about the writing.
In Looking Ahead …
Consider beginning next year with the sameassignment to gauge student writing knowl-edge. The independent assignment could eas-ily be a portfolio piece.