DOK and Writing Rubrics

Morning and Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Workshop Description & Overview

AUDIENCE: Targeted for ELA Teachers in Grades 6-12, but is appropriate for any ELA teacher in grades K-12.


Morning Session: Depth of Knowledge- 8:30-11:30 am

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is an essential part of assessment development. In this session, participants will learn how the depth of knowledge a question requires the way students process information. We will look at the role critical thinking plays in answering higher DOK questions. Participants will have the opportunity to review questions for DOK, as well as, develop their own questions at different levels of DOK.

Afternoon Session: Using Rubrics in the Writing Classroom- 12:30-3:30 pm

There is a strong connection between using rubrics and achieving success in writing. Rubrics, however, are more than a checklist or a tool to make grading easier. In this session, participants will learn how to create an effective rubric for use in the writing classroom. We will also look at how using a rubric allows for greater growth and achievement in writing. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of using writing rubrics as well as how to introduce rubrics across their teams and subject areas.


  • Note taking materials
  • Any questions you might have about DOK or Writing Rubrics
  • Enthusiasm to learn

Meet our Presenter

Faculty: Kara Putinsky, English Language Arts Education Program Specialist, ODE

We are pleased to welcome Kara Putinsky, English Language Arts Education Program Specialist, from the Office of Learning & Instructional Strategies at the Ohio Department of Education to our area. Ms. Putinsky is excited to meet teachers in our area and share her expertise and guidance.


Date: June 2, 2020

Breakout Session Times (You May Attend an Individual Session or Both)

  • Morning Breakout: 8:30 am - 11:30 am and/or
  • Afternoon Breakout: 12:30 - 3:30 pm

When Should I Arrive? Please Arrive 15 Minutes Early to Sign-In & Find Your Seat

Location: Botkins Local School, 404 E. State Street, Botkins, OH 45306

Lunch: On Your Own (one hour)

Contact Hours: 3 per breakout attended**

**Six (6) Total if You Attend Both Sessions

Registration Fees

FREE - No Cost to Any Attendee

If you have questions about fees or the registration process, please contact Kim Leach at

**DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 28th at 12:00 pm


Tuesday, June 2nd, 8:30am-3:30pm

404 East State Street

Botkins, OH

What time should I arrive at the training site? Please arrive 15 minutes early to each session to complete the check-in process. Enter through the Main School Entrance and check-in with the Office for directions to the training room.

Food & Beverage: Bottled water and assorted breakfast bars will be available at the beginning of the session. While coffee or other food will not be served, participants are free to bring snack items for themselves or to share with the group. Please plan accordingly…..

What You Should Bring? Participants should bring note taking materials and writing utensils with them to the session.

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