Monday, November 24, 2014

The District Writing Assessment

The District Writing Assessment: Introduction  Today we will be working on the District Writing Assessment, which comes in the form of a two-part "Performance Task". We will begin part one today. You should be very familiar with the format of the "Task," considering you recently spent several days navigating the practice version.

Specifically, in part one of the Performance Task you will be reading three different sources on the Grand Canyon and then answering three "research questions" in the form of "Constructed Responses". Today we will focus on research questions 1 and 2. So you are clear about how you will be assessed, check out the scoring rubric below. 

Part One of the Writing Performance Task: Getting Started  Each of you will receive paper packets of the two-part Writing Performance Task. The paper packets include information about the task, the three sources on the Grand Canyon, and room to take notes for each of the three research questions. After we examine the first page of the packet together, please follow the following steps:

Step 1: Review Research Question #1 so you are clear about the type of information and details you will be looking for to support your response. 

Step 2: Carefully read "Article 1" and "Article 2". You are allowed to highlight, underline, and take notes on the packet itself. You may even use the boxes provided for the research questions on the paper copies to organize your responses. 

Step 3: Begin typing your first constructed response paragraph in the box below Research Question #1 using the digital document Writing Performance Task: Part One, which can be found in your Language Arts folders.

Step 4: If time permits, follow the same steps listed above and begin work on Research Question #2. 

Tomorrow we will continue working on addressing the research questions and crafting our constructed responses for part one of the Writing Performance Task. 

Homework  Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry.